These are the birth stories submitted in the month of July.
“I’ve had a lot of people say “You’re amazing!” or “I could never do that!” when I tell them I had my 10 1/2 lb. baby at home. But really, I’m not amazing. I didn’t do anything, other than just let it happen. Yes it hurt. Yes it was hard. But I can’t even imagine how much harder it would have been if I was on my back, unable to move.”
A story of the hands-off birth of twins (one vertex, one breech) born in a hospital.
“I felt really good and proud of my birth because so many woman are told that they have to have c-sections just because they are twins. I hope I did my part to change that mentality. I know I changed the view of a lot of the staff at that hospital, they were still talking about it from shift to shift the next day.”
I’ll be honest. I kept laughing throughout the whole story. I want this woman to write my memoirs someday.
A woman with pituitary dwarfism gave birth at home unassisted to a big baby. She had “[h]igh risk” written all over [her]” and, in her words, “there was no way anyone would even take me on for a VBAC, and I was determined not to ever have a cesarean again unless my baby’s life was seriously at risk.”
Over on the Man-Nurse Diaries, Man Nurse’s wife wrote a guest post about her latest birth to an 11 pound, 6 ounce baby at home.
“I knew she’d be bigger than my last (and so far, biggest) baby, 10 pounds even. I expected something like 10 pounds and some ounces… but the midwife said… “eleven pounds and… six ounces.” I didn’t believe her. she weighed her again. and it was the same.”
Sheri Menelli sometimes gives away free copies of her book, Journey into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth. An electronic copy can be downloaded for free from Sheri’s blog.
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