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November Birth Stories

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Danielle tells the story of her two very different cesarean births. She felt unprepared for her first birth and agreed to be induced, which led to a c-section at 4:37 p.m. that day after six hours on Pitocin. Just over a year and a half later, Danielle had a very different cesarean experience after transferring from laboring at home. In addition to her story, Danielle shared this video:

My Birth Journeys from Danielle Elwood on Vimeo.


Angela was showered with support across state lines to have a safe place to give birth to her twins. She describes one cascade of interventions she’ll never forget:

From there, a cascade of people knowing people pulled everything together, including a double-wide trailer with 3 bedrooms, minimally furnished by new friends, and air-conditioning – all for just the basic cost of utilities. In a matter of 4 weeks, we made the temporary move to Utah.


Jessica’s HBAC story was beautifully written and shared with her permission by her midwife.

That face, that beautiful smiling face that said it all.  “I did it.  I just delivered my baby, vaginally!”  She was in the tub, leaning back against her husband.


Nicole gave birth to a baby in the breech position much faster than she thought she would, as evidenced by the multiple sets of footsteps bolting up the stairs to the bathroom where she was laboring!


Rose shared the story of her VBAC and a commenter filled in a very interesting detail of the story:

You ALSO forgot to mention that you went to the hospital closest to you, when you didn’t think you would make the 1 1/2 hour trip to Toledo (during active labor). They refused to support a VBAC and said if you stayed they would perform a c-section…. so you told them you were leaving!! They were kind enough to provide an ambulance ride to Toledo, so you labored for 2 hours in the back of the ambulance until you arrived at your hospital of choice, and it was there that you gave birth.


Congratulations to you all. Thanks for sharing your stories!


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Love these stories! I am collecting "empowered birth stories" for my blog. I would love to hear from anyone who has a story of empowered birth which they'd be willing to allow me to add to my collection. Email to: bbcatcher@gmail.com

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midwife Next Door
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