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Old 09-05-2006, 03:14 PM
 
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I know what you mean- I never read stories on mainstream boards, and even reading or hearing about people's birth stories who just hand everything over to their ob and hospital protocal can at times be very depressing- "and then they broke my water, and then they told me to stop pushing and wait for the doctor to come, and then they took the baby away to be warmed and then they 'let' me see him and feed him' etc The whole time I just want to say WHY? And Why did they do that?

However, there are SO many awesome and inspiring stories here on MDC, I love reading the birth stories whenever I get the chance. You all have provided so many interesting stories I want to follow up on and read!

fourlittlebirds- I was going to post the birth of Forrest Grey Walt but I see you beat me to it! That is a fun one to read.
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My favorite birth story. ever.

baby arlo is now earthside! 11.23.2009
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I know what you mean about the hospital birth stories.

I LOVE a good birth story written with humor, energy, or that addresses the spiritual experience of birth.

I spent most of my recent labor in the van in rush hour traffic... LOL.
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The stories on the VBAC board here are also pretty interesting, regardless of how they ended.

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[I didn’t want to get too excited and exhaust myself, and my midwife had assured me that denial is key in first labors]

That sounds like good advice! See? I love hearing stuff I can actually use. These stories are great, thanks again guys.

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I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.

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I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
excellent story! beautiful pictures!

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I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
I loved reading it
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I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
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I loved your story and your pics are like icing on the cake! so purty!
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Well, if you want an exciting UC 60 hour labour with a happy ending and full of emotions:
Sequoia's birth(its a website in hebrew but if you scroll down a little to the first stuff in english, that's it.)
Wow, well, uhm, that sure puts my "difficult" life into perspective.
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I kwym. On some mainstream sites you could fill in the blanks.

I like birth story diaries http://www.birthdiaries.com/ Some great pics on that site, some breechs.

Expecting #9.  Always busy hsing.
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way cool site mama!!!

Mama to 5 babies. UCer, too!
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OK, that birthdiaries site is dangerously addictive... I looooove the beautiful pictures, although every time I look at the head crowning I am like... MY body is going to do THAT?!?!? I am still in a state of disbelief I better get over it pretty quick, too!
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Well, the birth story of my second isn't boring. But it is filled with interventions and in a hospital setting. I wish I had read some stories about emergencies or premature birth. I was so unprepared and so devastated. I wish I had a boring birth story instead of the one I ended up writing. Sorry, I know that isn't very inspirational.
No, don't say that! I learnt more from birth stories with interventions than I did from any others.

Does anyone else do this - read the story and troubleshoot as you go? That prepared me so well!!
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that's exactly what I do. It really is helpful. I feel more confident the more I learn.

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What saddens me along with the generic nature of hospital birth (Induced at 40+10, not progressing, put the drip up, oops foetal distress, off to OR, see? birth sux) is that no one reading the hordes of them in a row seems to draw any conclusions like "Hey, maybe induction on dates isn't such a great idea?!" or "You know, epidurals as soon as you walk in the door could just very possibly not be the best idea we ever had..." And yeah, I troubleshoot big time

I wrote a short article on my recent birth which makes pregnant readers weep apparently LOL. It's in the UC forum here. And here are some pics:
http://www.joyousbirth.info/gallery/v/homebirths/janet/

They're out of order atm and will soon have lots more added. I laboured for 3 days having had surgery with my first birth. Isobel is 8 weeks old today and asleep on me as I type

The freebirth sites have excellent stories where you can see BIRTH in action as opposed to birth despite interventions. I look forward to reading your juicy, wild, sexy, passionate birth story as soon as that babe pops out!
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No, don't say that! I learnt more from birth stories with interventions than I did from any others.

Does anyone else do this - read the story and troubleshoot as you go? That prepared me so well!!
With my second birth, I think the interventions were totally needed. Most of them were trying to keep the baby IN rather than interfering with my labor once it was clear that she was going to be born. But as I said, I wish I had been more prepared with birth stories of premature babies, what the NICU would be like, that kind of thing.

I still wish my birth story was more boring It was actually pretty traumatic.
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I've been looking for some decent birth stories. No offense at all to the moms whose labours went like this, but I keep reading the same story with fill in the blanks!

I got to the hospital at __ cm and made it to __ cm before I asked for the epi. They made me ______ and let me ________. I had one nurse who kept _______ but overall it was ______. My whole labour was about __ hours and my baby was __ pounds __ oz.

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So.... does anyone know of any websites with some more personal birth stories?
That is because hospitals treat everyone the same way and therefore, everyone has the same story.

Sorry but true. It is like an assembly line.
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What saddens me along with the generic nature of hospital birth (Induced at 40+10, not progressing, put the drip up, oops foetal distress, off to OR, see? birth sux)
I can barely think of anyone I know who even made it to 40 weeks and 10 days before their doc pushed induction...most are getting the Cytotec and Pit before 41 weeks even if they have no problems like pre-eclampsia!
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With my second birth, I think the interventions were totally needed. Most of them were trying to keep the baby IN rather than interfering with my labor once it was clear that she was going to be born. But as I said, I wish I had been more prepared with birth stories of premature babies, what the NICU would be like, that kind of thing.

I still wish my birth story was more boring It was actually pretty traumatic.
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When I read this title, my first reaction was "Oh, but I love a nice 'boring' birth... You know, the kind where there's no drugs, no epidural, no medical interventions, no crises, no surgery... Just a plain old natural birth. :-)

But I know what you mean. A lot of birth stories sound the same, esp if you're looking at websites that target a broader general audience than MDC. I think a lot of people are not as emotionally and spiritually vested in childbirthing as most mamas here. To them, it is more of a process and less of an experience, iykwim. And so the way they discuss their births reflects that. I know a few mamas who basically say "I don't really care how the baby gets out, so long as it's healthy". I may shake my head in wonder and feel like they're really missing out. But then again, I want to be careful not to be judgmental of them. These same women are good, loving mamas in general. I dunno...

Just my .02

There are many great birth stories here at MDC though.
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Yep. It's not the boring birth experiences I don't want to hear about, it's the boring birth stories. I know women who can make the most routine things sound amazing, and vice-versa. Some of the women on here are really great writers! I hope no matter how my birth goes, I'll be able to make the story something enjoyable to read.

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I'll second everything fourlittlebirds has said, and add- you may want to try to get some back-issues (or subscribe to) the New Nativity II newsletter- quarterly UC birthstory newsletter
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Maybe my 4th counts as boring, I dunno, but it was a UC and far from normal for me!

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A boring birth is recorded in your medical records as "unremarkable".

Yeah! I'll take a boring, unremarkable birth anytime!
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Well, it's not love_homebirthing, but mine are in my siggy...........

I certainly wasn't bored doing them.
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I found that reading the stories in Peggy Vincent's "Babycatcher: chronicles of a modern midwife", really got me psyched. Try that.
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