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Seriously, this is meant in a more lighthearted way and not against ANYONE. (It's not even triggered by anybody here posting anything).<br><br>
I love babies, and am so happy when the baby is born, and mama is doing well, and so it's not about bitterness or negativity, I just find the stories really darn boring.<br><br>
Even my own, lol!!! I will tell people that I pushed for 4 hours and it felt like 4 days but I just can't imagine someone (besides a really good friend or loved one) caring that much about all the details.....<br><br>
Am I the only one?
 

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no. i can handle a little detail, but more than that, and i glaze over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">no. i can handle a little detail, but more than that, and i glaze over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Me too. I never wrote one of my own because I thought even my own child's birth story was boring.
 

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There's definitely a formula most people use to write them. I think most formulaic writing is really boring. I do like reading stories that are written in a more personal or creative style, though.<br><br>
The formula is SO defined, it's funny just making up a birth story from scratch using the formula:<br><br><i>At 6 am I woke up with some contractions. They weren't too uncomfortable so I tried going back to bed. DH had to go to work so I told him I'd call him if anything changed. I tried to eat some breakfast and then I took a little walk around the block. Around noon things really started to pick up and I called Ina Mae. She said I should try to eat some lunch and get into a groovy vibe. I had some vegan stroganoff and picked up the dry cleaning. DH came home and we cuddled on the couch until dinner. I went to use the bathroom and noticed I was leaking some clear fluid. I called Ina Mae and she said not to worry and to call her back after Survivor was over. By the end of Survivor I was having really hard contractions, so Ina Mae came over and checked me. I was already 7 cm! Then I puked a few times and said "I can't do this!" Ina Mae said "sure you can!" and then I was ready to push! Twenty minutes later Frosty Allen McOrdinary was born. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and was 20 inches long. He latched on right away and the placenta plopped out onto the floor with a splash. We buried it under the magnolia tree.</i>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><br><i>At 6 am I woke up with some contractions. They weren't too uncomfortable so I tried going back to bed. DH had to go to work so I told him I'd call him if anything changed. I tried to eat some breakfast and then I took a little walk around the block. Around noon things really started to pick up and I called Ina Mae. She said I should try to eat some lunch and get into a groovy vibe. I had some vegan stroganoff and picked up the dry cleaning. DH came home and we cuddled on the couch until dinner. I went to use the bathroom and noticed I was leaking some clear fluid. I called Ina Mae and she said not to worry and to call her back after Survivor was over. By the end of Survivor I was having really hard contractions, so Ina Mae came over and checked me. I was already 7 cm! Then I puked a few times and said "I can't do this!" Ina Mae said "sure you can!" and then I was ready to push! Twenty minutes later Frosty Allen McOrdinary was born. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and was 20 inches long. He latched on right away and the placenta plopped out onto the floor with a splash. We buried it under the magnolia tree.</i></div>
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LOL~~~ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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There are some that are memorable. Particularly I remember one posted on MDC not too long ago where the mother ended up giving birth in someone else's front lawn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Some people definitely also have a more engaging writing style than other people.<br><br>
I'll admit, I usually become a lot more interested in reading birth stories when I'm about to give birth myself. At other times, I'm not as interested.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are some that are memorable. Particularly I remember one posted on MDC not too long ago where the mother ended up giving birth in someone else's front lawn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Some people definitely also have a more engaging writing style than other people.<br><br>
I'll admit, I usually become a lot more interested in reading birth stories when I'm about to give birth myself. At other times, I'm not as interested.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: That was an amazing story! I don't read birth stories, either, but I like to know more or less what happened. I don't really need all the details.
 

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I loved the Generic Birth Story! And yet, I do enjoy reading birth stories -- somehow, the fact that they all end with a brand-new human being makes them interesting.<br><br>
I also find the range of feelings women have about their own birth experiences fascinating -- I've seen basically identical stories where one woman is blissful and thrilled about the whole thing at the end, and the other has PTSD.
 

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I find them interesting. I certiantly wouldn't make fun of them ,on a site where there's a whole forum for them and a lot of the women on said site have their story(ies) there, by any means.
 

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I never read them. And you know how sometimes you'll mention one little detail about your child's birth in conversation, and the mom you're talking to starts going on and on about all these things that went wrong during her childbirth, and then this happened, and then this happened? I'm thinking, "WHY did I have to mention childbirth?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Just not my thing. I respect that some people like to read them, I just don't.
 

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I get what some of y'all are saying about writing style, and I agree that might make some difference. But for me that difference would be between boring and excruciatingly boring. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I never make it past the first couple of sentences.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never read them. And you know how sometimes you'll mention one little detail about your child's birth in conversation, and the mom you're talking to starts going on and on about all these things that went wrong during her childbirth, and then this happened, and then this happened? I'm thinking, "WHY did I have to mention childbirth?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Just not my thing. I respect that some people like to read them, I just don't.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That has happened to me. I notice some women tend to get the same glazed over look when they go on and on about their birth story that men get when talking about first-person-shooter video games. It's a similar format, I guess.<br><br><i>And then this guy came up and jumped at my guy and and I used the super vaporizer stun gun and he blasted back into this crate of oranges and then there was clear fluid leaking everywhere and a little blood so I called Ina Mae...</i>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I get what some of y'all are saying about writing style, and I agree that might make some difference. But for me that difference would be between boring and excruciatingly boring.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Me, too.
 

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I don't necessarily think they are boring but I don't read them.
 

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They kind of bore me. I hate weddings too. Anyone on that one with me?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I love them when I'm pg, they bore me to tears when not. Except my own <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I only find them interesting when I'm pg. Even then, I'm only into reading about them for the purpose of learning from other peoples mistakes and getting the nerve up myself to go through it. Like if I read a birth story about someone who was induced and ended up having a csection, that assures me that I'm doing the right thing to avoid an induction. Or reading about someone who made it through the ordeal without any pain meds, gives me the courage to do it too. But once my baby is born I have no interest in reading birth stories.
 
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