Birth Story Bash: Celebrating YOUR Story

on April 30 | in Birth Story Bash | by | with 19 Comments

Giving birth to Katie is my proudest accomplishment in life. In the midst of soul-splitting pain I dug down deep and found the courage to finish the grueling marathon that began nine months earlier. I can honestly say I have never been the same since. Not just because I instantly fell in love with our precious newborn. Not even because the sweet cooing noises she made during those first few weeks of life are forever seared into my memory.

I am a different woman because giving birth was my moment of truth, and I succeeded.

Success looks different in every situation.

One of my sweet friends pushed for many, many hours before her midwife recommended a caesarean. Her triumph is that she sacrificed her idea of what birth should be to safely bring her son into the world. Another friend of mine delivered a full-term 4 pound baby boy due to an abnormality with her uterus. She didn’t get the birth she wanted, either. It made her determination to push past her disappointment, bond deeply with her son, and parent him with love and dedication simply miraculous.

I’ll be better prepared THIS time

Babypotamus’ big debut in August/September has got me thinking a lot about birth stories. Building memories this time is especially important to me because my first few days with Katie are a total blur. I was  awake for over two days when she was finally born. I was so tired I was literally hallucinating.

This time around we’ve hired a fabulous birth photographer, Lynsey Stone, to capture everything for us. If you have never seen her work click on over to view some of the most unforgettable moments ever captured by a camera lens.

I want to hear your stories!

So what do you say? Was birth all you expected it to be? Did it change you? Did you learn something in the birthing process? Please share your story with us!

Simply sign up with Mr. Linky below using the URL to your specific birth story post (and not to your blog homepage…this will help find your post without having to search your blog for it).

It would also be SUPER-NICE if you would link to this post from your blog so your friends can share in the fun, but it’s not a requirement ; – )

 

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19 Responses to Birth Story Bash: Celebrating YOUR Story

  1. Joanna Moore says:

    can’t wait to come back and read some other moms’ stories!

  2. Melanie Buck says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words. Reading them from another woman’s heart has made me feel proud and strong.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I thought I did Ben’s before Sam’s (trying to keep them in order), but I don’t think Ben’s went through the first time. But if you want the progression of our births, it is Lucy, Ben, then Sam. :)
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Conversations =-.

  4. Mae says:

    I LOVE me some births stories. I think I’m an addict :]
    .-= Mae´s last blog ..Weekend in Pictures =-.

  5. Hannah Tallo says:

    Fun idea! Can’t wait to read all the stories!
    .-= Hannah Tallo´s last blog ..Casting My Cares =-.

  6. Whittney says:

    Cool! Will be reading all day.

  7. Des says:

    I wrote a blog about it http://www.belgexan.com/2010/04/mommypotamus-birth-story-bash.html but am going to post the separate links to the entry
    .-= Des´s last blog ..Mommypotamus’ Birth Story Bash =-.

  8. Joy Kusek says:

    Hi – I’m a friend of Destiny’s. She mentioned you were doing this from her blog so I thought I would join in the fun. I birthed my daughter Zoe at a birthing center in the water. It was incredible. Changed my life in fact, and now, because of that amazing day, I’m a (new) birth doula!

  9. Joy Kusek says:

    Here’s a great chance to take part in a blog carnival. “As Mother’s Day approaches I always stop to reflect about how I give birth influences how I mother. Would I have been a different mother had I birthed differently? Just what does giving birth do to our ability to mother? I’d love to hear your thoughts in this Mother’s Day blog carnival. If you haven’t given birth yet, tell us how you think it will work for you.”: http://www.birthactivist.com/2010/04/mothers-day-blog-carnival/
    .-= Joy Kusek´s last blog ..Doula Training, Day Three =-.

  10. Shari VV says:

    I don’t have a blog, but I love reading birth stories and would love to share mine :) My son is 5 months old and I’m still reliving it daily, though it definitely did not go according ‘to plan.’ I was in a hospital but they respected my natural birth plan and were amazingly accommodating. I wasn’t even pushed to have an IV–not once! We arrived at the hospital with our doula after laboring at home all day (water broke early morning and I called Dr. C to be sure I had my alternative Strep B treatment plan clear :). I was dilated to 7cm at 10p when we got there, was at 10cm by midnight and ready to push. So I pushed… until 7:30a the next day when they finally (albeit gently) suggested we consider a c-section. Not at all what I wanted, but I had a very God-centered physician who admitted he had no idea what was happening but knew at a gut level we’d find out when we got there. Turns out I had an extremely weak, dead tissue spot on my bladder. Had I pushed, he said my bladder would’ve ruptured, I’d have gone septic and no one would have a clue where the source was and I could’ve been in serious trouble. At age 40, I had already relinquished my home birth fantasy, so to have to have a section was incredibly disappointing. BUT, I have a healthy, happy baby Luke who took to the breast like a champ and had the full benefit of 23 hours of natural labor… all God’s marvelous plan!

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