Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Beautiful Birth Stories

I have long felt that we need to stop telling pregnant women horror stories. I have been collecting positive, beautiful birth stories because there really are more than we realize. There are a lot of great resources for happy birth stories. Here are four online that I particularly enjoy:

A homebirth with a midwife and some mild cussing. Very funny. The friend who sent this to me says that "Myrrh yells at me to stand up--I am still sitting on the toilet, and no one wants the baby to be delivered into the toilet itself." is by far her favorite quote and I have to agree!

Dooce's birth which is funny and touching and beautiful. It involves a nurse with a mustache, Janet Jackson's nipple, and the F Word. Very funny!

"Turns out that all the anxiety, stress, and panic I lovingly tended beforehand were a huge waste of time and energy. I could have learned French with that time! I could have become a violinist! I could have embroidered dozens and dozens of onesies!" That's Mighty Girl's first thought on birth. Another beautiuful story involving a bath tub, smoothies, peanuts, and the occasional curse word.

Finally, this is my favorite story of all. Doulicia recently linked to this story at Observant Midwife's blog. It is a must-read, beautiful birth story!

Read the story, then, the next time you're tempted to tell a story about your cousin's boyfriend's sister's terrifying experience while giving birth, stop and tell Observant Midwife's story instead. Tell the momma a story about how birth can be normal and safe and beautiful.


Allison said...
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Navelgazing Midwife said...

Thank you, Peggy, for linking to my blog! It means loads to me that you would do that.

You *have* read Sheri Menelli's _Journey Into Motherhood_, right? It is nothing but positive birth stories.

It was great meeting you, squealing woman. :) You made my night! I told Donna you were better than the movie. (Shhhh! Don't tell anyone. ;) )



Mama-Beans said...

Here's another great site! My son's is on there.. WAY at the bottom.. "Kael's Birth"