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.