Category Archives: Birth Stories

*This birth story is told through my eyes, the midwife attending, which of course is a different version than the mother’s. Story and photos are shared with permission, and my hope is that this open and generous spirit will illustrate a couple of points to other women and the world. First, that really only women

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With Deva lying here next to me, her name is spoken into being. It is real now that she is earth side. “Deva” (pronounced "day-va") means goddess. “Katherin” per her request (as was her first name) means pure. “Sage” for her brother Sable, born last March. Her birth story is simple as birth stories go;

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My baby died on November 18, 2015. I was between 14 and 15 weeks. I was certain he was a boy, and he had told me his name a few weeks prior to his death. Sable (which means “black”) Sage (“teacher” or “wise one”). In the 4 months that passed, a lot occurred. I was

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I KNOW this deep within my bones, and channeling the wise ones, I listen. What has come to me most in the 12 weeks since my baby died within my body (and has yet to be released) is that I am a channel for ancient wisdom. I didn’t hear them at first, overcome with grief

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I didn't write much about my second miscarriage in 2013, a few months after the first miscarriage, and a few months before getting pregnant with my daughter Celosia. Two years later, I still found myself thinking about it, and was looking to see what if any photos I had saved, and came upon one that

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Writing a birth story is hard. You can really make it as simple or complex a version as you want. “I labored and then my baby came out” – this is how birth goes, and that simplicity is powerful too. But there is so much more (which is why this story is so long, but

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My “due date” was on a Saturday. As it approached I noticed an uptick in my braxton hicks contractions. I had been experiencing prodromal (pre-labor) for about 3 weeks until this point. I would have actual labor type contractions that wrapped around my back and squeezed my body and would come at 3-5 minute intervals

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Today we're sharing the birth story of one of our sweet Indie Birth Online members who has been an awesome participant in our How to Have an Indie Birth Online Course. She originally posted her birth story on her blog, and has graciously allowed us to share it here as well. Here's the link: http://dhammababy.com/2014/06/22/the-freebirth-of-tbd-nudity-warning/

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I have a folder on my computer called “1st Pregnancy” and it is full of things that still make me sad. Pictures of my growing belly, a video of us telling our family the news that we were pregnant, this story, and the pictures we took from the miscarriage that happened one year ago today.

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I write, speak, think and dream of birth regularly; this pregnancy was no exception to the documentation that I kept about myself, my journey and this wild one.  Re-reading my pregnancy journal, I looked forward to her birth, reminding myself how “raw” I knew it would be.  I also wrote what’s below at 37 weeks,

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