The only birth stories I've read thus far are some from Journey Into Motherhood (a book that is nothing but natural birth stories), and a couple natural birth stories from mamas online. I haven't had any real desire to start reading birth stories. Now, though, it's very encouraging to me, planning our first homebirth, to begin reading successful natural birth stories from moms who are/were due within just a few weeks of me. It makes it more real somehow to read stories from moms who, just a few weeks ago, were in the same spot I'm in now: just a couple weeks from being term, thinking, wondering, daydreaming, etc. It's a bit scary, but exciting, too!