Positive Birth Stories: revolutionizing the way we look at birth

Positive Birth Stories: revolutionizing the way we look at birth

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What you’ll find here: only positive birth stories of any kind. From hospital births, to women giving birth at home or a birth center. Water births, c-sections, or epidurals. No matter what kind of birth you are planning on having, I am sure you will find a story here that will resonate with you.

Positive Birth Stories

We live in a world where fear and anxiety for moms-to-be leading up to giving birth has become the norm. It could be fear about the pain or fear of complications. Not to mention the anxiety about not living up to our own expectations.

Positive birth stories are here to help you take all that fear and stress away and just enjoy your beautiful pregnancy and birth.

My own story

Before I start explaining how positive birth stories can help you on your journey to giving birth, let me tell you a bit more about my own story.

Our first child

I got pregnant with our second child a couple of years after my wife gave birth to our first daughter. Our first baby was born with an elective c-section, which was not what I was really hoping for my own experience.

Don’t get me wrong, the experience with the c-section was beautiful. It was planned due to my wife’s medical history, so it wasn’t a surprise or traumatic like an emergency c-section could be.

No drama, the staff at the hospital was amazing and our first born came into the world gently even if in a hospital theater. I sobbed like never before and it was one of the most magical moments of my life.

c-section

My fear of giving birth

But I was hoping for something different for myself. I was determined to have a natural/vaginal birth. And I wanted no drugs.

A part of me wanted to prove to myself that I could do it “like nature intended”. Another part of me wanted to avoid drugs because I was scared of possible side effects (for myself or the baby). But there was also another part of me that was terrified of the pain.

Like most of you, I presume, I grew up hearing of horribly painful births. My own birth included. I don’t know how many times my mom told me about how long her labor was when she gave birth to me. And how painful it was.

I was also stressing out about complications, going through all the possible scenarios. So many people I know told me they had to have a c-section because the baby was in a breech position, or because the baby went into distress after a very prolonged labor, etc.

My mind was buzzing with questions. Will I be able to handle the pain? What if I need an epidural? Or what if something goes wrong and I need a c-section? How will having a c-section affect my ability to breastfeed? What if baby is not born by 42 weeks: will I be forced to have an induction? And on, and on, and on…. I couldn’t stop it!

What changed everything

When I was about 4 months pregnant I joined a Hypnobirthing course. That changed everything. What I learnt totally blew my mind and shifted my mindset 100%.

I ended up having a beautiful, calm and gentle vaginal birth. With no pain or complications, in just about 30 minutes of actual pushing. No drugs needed or even considered.

I won’t go into the details of Hypnobirthing here. If you want to find out more, you can read my article Hypnobirthing 101 or my own birth story on How I had a natural and pain free birth thanks to hypnobirthing.

What I will tell you though, is that one thing I learnt is how the process of giving birth has been incredibly distorted over time. Women have been “taught” to give birth in a way that’s contrary to their nature and that causes incredible discomfort for the laboring mom.

Also, our mindset plays an extremely important part in how we perceive our own experiences. Having a positive mindset usually translates into a positive outcome/experience. And the same applies to giving birth!

If you can eliminate all the fear and stress about labor and delivery, then you are on a good path to experience a beautiful birth. This is where reading positive birth stories comes into play.

Why Positive Birth Stories

Like I mentioned before, I grew up hearing of extremely painful births or births that went wrong and ended up being very stressful for the mom and/or the baby. I am guessing the same has happened to you.

It almost feels like listening to dramatic birth story is preferred to a boring normal labor and delivery. Everyone wants the “wow” factor, and giving birth normally, in a few hours and without complication, has not much “wow” to it 🙂

When I tell my birth story, the reaction I usually get is: “Oh, you are one of those ones…”. Like, seriously?!

Which is very ironic, because “uneventful” (not that bringing a new life into the world should be classified as uneventful, but you know what I mean!) births is exactly what mom-to-be need to hear of. And if not uneventful, at least positive.

newborn

What does “positive” mean?

Don’t get me wrong, by positive I don’t just mean natural, vaginal, drug-free births! Even if that’s what I experienced, that’s not what I think should or will happen to everyone.

Every person is different and every birth is different. You can’t always control how your birth is going to unfold. But you can learn to control how you react to any change in circumstances.

A positive birth can also be an emergency c-section, or an unwanted induction. It can be a vaginal birth with an epidural because the pain was too much to handle. It can be a lot of pain because you had a tear and lots of stitches.

What matters is the positive attitude the mom had throughout the whole birthing experience. How the support she had from her partner, the breathing and relaxation techniques she learnt, or the amazing hospital staff helped her through unexpected changes or hard decisions.

What matters is HOW she tells her birth story to other moms-to-be. How is she going to make them feel? Empowered knowing that, no matter what, they can do anything and are going to bring a new life into this world? Or scared and terrified, thinking that so many things could go wrong and that they may not be able to handle it?

We, as the story tellers, need to be mindful of the impact we have on pregnant women when sharing our stories. We are responsible for contributing to future moms’ emotional state. And no, I am not exaggerating!

And you, mom to be, have come to the right place 🙂

What you’ll find here

Positive birth stories are here to change the way we look at birth (and change the world 🙂 )! Fear and stress associated to birth are one of the main reason why women don’t manage to achieve a joyful birth experience. And it doesn’t have to be that way!

I have collected here a series of positive birth stories of all kind. Read through them. Soak in the beauty of wonderful births and joy of bringing a little one into this world.

Don’t be scared, we are born to do this. And if, for some reasons, things don’t unfold as you wish, remember that the outcome is not going to be any less beautiful.

Positive Birth Stories

Here’s a list of positive birth stories. They are mainly sorted by location (hospital, home, birth center), then by type, with the exception of twins birth.

Any hypnobirthing or water birth story is listed twice, to be included in the Hypnobirthing or Water Positive Birth Stories sections.

Enjoy the reading 🙂

Hospital Positive Birth Stories

Hospital with Epidural Positive Birth Stories

C-Section Positive Birth Stories

At Home Positive Birth Stories

Birth Center Positive Birth Stories

Water Positive Birth Stories

Twins Positive Birth Stories

Hypnobirthing / Hypnobabies Positive Birth Stories


If you’d like to share your own positive birth story, I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email at contact@muminthewoods.com

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Celina

    Yes this is so true! We should definitely share more positive birth stories with each other, instead of the gruesome horror stories we hear on the daily. These stories definitely scared me as a first-time mom, but having a super positive experience I am looking forward to labour in a few months!

  2. Ruthy

    Thanks for this. I am guilty of sharing the scary bits of childbirth. I’ll try do better next time

    1. Annie

      There’s no shame in sharing your honest experience though <3 I was lucky to have a positive experience but I know it was also largely out of my control. And I thought the birth would be the hardest part until I realized my entire life would change and that I would spiral out of control on a regular basis making my way through this thing called being a mom <3 We are all doing the best we can with what we've got in the moment, and that is truly enough, because what else is there <3

      1. Monica

        Absolutely! And that’s why I don’t think “positive birth stories” necessarily mean a vaginal birth, with or without drugs. It’s about how you tell the story and how the expecting mom perceives the experience to be. Hearing or reading birth stories can have a huge impact on a mom-to-be 🙂 And totally agree on how life with a baby can be way harder than birth LoL the hardest and most beautiful job in the world 🙂

  3. Annie

    What a wonderful roundup! It’s so important to share the positive, especially for those of us who were just terrified to begin with 🙂 Thank you so much for including me in your post – I am seriously beyond honored!

  4. Julia

    What a great post! So many expecting mom’s out there who are terrified of childbirth mainly because they’ve only heard scary stuff. You are completely right about us having to be mindful about what we share with already anxious pregnant women. You greatly depict that a positive birth can come in many shapes and all kinds of different ways. This is such an important message! Thank you very much for including my birth story.

    1. Monica

      Thank you so much Julia for your comment and kind words. You birth story fits so well with these positive birth stories, thanks for sharing on your blog in the first place 🙂

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