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#1 of 9 Old 12-13-2005, 09:38 PM - Thread Starter
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In my first pregnancy I read birth stories voraciously and I really think that I learned more from those stories than from any other source. It was easy to see the trends in hospital vs. home vs. unassisted births, for example. I started picking up on patterns such as stalled labours due to interfering onlookers. I learned about all the scenarios that can occur - "normal", precipitous, posterior, etc. When I was birthing myself, I drew so much strength from remembering homebirth stories of atypical labours like mine (e.g. the prenatal class advice to "rest between contractions" was a joke for me . When I was suffering I reminded myself that there wasn't something wrong, it was just a "variation of normal".

Anyway, an awesome site for birth stories is this one because it includes (sometimes very graphic) photos of births that one can learn a lot from:

Birth Diaries (scroll down)

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#2 of 9 Old 12-13-2005, 11:13 PM
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Cool! I think I have this one book marked somewhere! Keep the excellent info comin' mama! BTW, that's an adorable pic of you guys.

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That is good advice.
For me, a very important thing will be to remember that every odd pain, smell, or fluid is normal. No matter what it is, there is a 98% chance that it is exactly what my body needs to be doing for itself...and as for the 2%, that's why I'll have a knowledgeable midwife who can recognize that.
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I agree, I think reading birth stories is the best thing! Thanks for the link!
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I agree too. I found Ina May Gaskin's birth stories to be the most powerful. I used her mantra, "labor is hard, it hurts, I can do it" throughout my labor - and I really think it helped.

Now, I wish there was a good tv show of all natural birth stories I could watch. I swear, "Birth Day" should be retitled "Cesarean Day". Even "House of Babies", although much better, irritates me. That head midwife is so bossy!

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Ksenia, i couldnt agree with you more. I am a birth story ADDICT. Ive learned more from reading birth stories than any books meant to prepare you for birth. It is beautiful how no two birth stories are alike, and its amazing just how much they can teach you. Whenever a first time mom-to-be asks me for advice, that is what i tell them-read birth stories!

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Ksenia - great website!!!!!! I just love reading birth stories. I feel i have learned so much more from them than from all the books i have read

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I agree with the pps here - birth stories have been a great source of inspiration and information for me, too. Thanks for all your great ideas and links, Ksenia. I just love reading your posts!
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There is also another site that I have both of my boys birth stories posted on:

Here is Brandon's story:

Here is Colin's:
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