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#1 of 78 Old 09-21-2007, 07:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I haven't, but hope to have the opportunity some day.
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I have witnessed birth 5 times. It was absolutely amazing, I cried for what seemed like hours after the 1st one, It is just such a miracle!!

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No. I wish I could. I'd love to in fact.
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yes, yes, yes!

i was birth coach to my daughter, and i was present for my best friend's birth as well.

with my kiddo, i even got to cut the cord!!!
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i have. i was at a good friend's uc.

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yes, but i am a mw! i have yet to see a close friend or a family member give birth. i am hoping to be there when my sister has another baby! i did help a friend's dog give birth though. . . (dont get me started on irresponsible pet breeding. grrrrrrrrrrrr)

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Yes, while in nursing school.

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I witnessed the birth of my brother and the birth of a friend's son. (Looked EXACTLY like his daddy! Still does. )

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Yes, I watched my mom give birth to my baby brother when i was 14 My mom thought by watching her give birth it would freak me out and keep me from having sex for a while...it didn't work It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life and i would love to be able to witness it again. She didn't even think i'd actually watch but i just pulled the rocking chair to the end of the bed and watched with wonder.
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I got to watch my sister's birth. Beautiful and amazing.

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Yes, my sister's and I was also present at my son's birth.

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No not yet

I would feel so honored if someone ask me to be at their birth, wow.

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One day my sister announced she was pregnant. Next day, I watched my nephew's birth. Cried and laughed. After 5 years, I still cannot believe it.
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yes, four times.

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Well, yeah, I'm a doula BUT...

a long time prior to becoming a doula, when I was in high school, a friend asked me to attend her birth. It was amazing. I knew then and there that I wanted to do birth work.

I'm always so honored to attend births. I really wish I could attend a homebirth though. Hospital births can be very disenheartening.

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I personally haven't-but I'm very sensitive and I think I'd pass out! It's weird to think about, considering that I've given birth twice.

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I watched my nephews born in 97 and 2001 and my niece in 2004. The first 2were vaginal and the 3rd Cesarean. They were all special, but nothing beat the first one.
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Yes, while in nursing school.
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yes, once and it changed my life!

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It is life changing! I saw one during nursing school(labor and delivery course) and then almost one year ago, my best friend's.: This summer I was honored to have her at the birth of my daughter!

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I am training to be a doula and as such attended two births over the summer. One was at a hospital and was pretty hard to watch -- the other was a homebirth and was fabulous!
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I was present for the birth of my little brother. I was 2.5. It was a natural birth at a birthing center.

I was present for the birth of one of my first cousins. He's now almost 3. It was a hospital birth - pitocin, epidural, episiotomy and all. It was still a pretty amazing thing.

(I was also present for several cat and dog deliveries )

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As a labor support/student midwife. Every birth is a miracle.

Non Practicing Midwife, going back to school! Mamma to my 3 loves, living each day to the fullest.
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No, but I really, really, really would like to. I had three good friends at my last birth and they keep talking about how great the experience was and I want to see a birth from the other side also. It's to bad because I think my birth was the last one for all of us.
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I saw my sister being born.

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I had been hoping/expecting my husband would video tape *my* last labor and delivery, but alas, he picked up the still camera instead. I was kind of disappointed afterward, because I was so curious what it looked like, um, not in the middle of it? Anyway, if I give birth again, he will be harassed into taping it. I WANNA SEE, I WANNA SEE! :

Anyway, no I've never seen other birth either.

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hee hee hee! I was there when my wife gave birth to our daughter. I remember when she crowned, I was holding my wife's leg, and the midwife asked if i wanted to touch her head. it was the softest most precious touch ever.

Used to be stay at home parent to our two lovely girls, survived nursing school with family intact, about to graduate and looking for a job! I low-supply nursed my bio daughter for 3 years. 

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No not yet

I would feel so honored if someone ask me to be at their birth, wow.
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I have a feeling I won't be at anybody's birth until my grandchildren are born. At least, I hope I'll be there when my daughters give birth- we have a very open and trusting relationship, we can talk about ANYTHING, but I'll completely understand if I'm not wanted there at the last moment (or any moment before that.)

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No I wish I could though, hopefully one day.

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Yes, my younger siblings, ages 11, 14, 17 at home.

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