Real Moms Tell Their Real-Life Birth Stories
I’ve watched a lot of episodes of TLCâ€™s A Baby Story in my day, but my current go-to source for real-life L&D experiences is the online collection of birth stories curated by blogger and mother of six Gabrielle Blair. Known as DesignMom, Gabby collects and posts birth stories written by her legions of readers, and their tales run the gamut of the childbirth experience – natural, medicated, at home, in the hospital, in a tub, you name it. They are uplifting, inspiring, sometimes a little scary, but always fascinating. Hereâ€™s one the author calls an “almost VBAC,” in which she learns the importance of being flexible when the birth plan isn’t working. This woman’s mom delivered her baby the day after she and her husband celebrated their first wedding anniversary. This baby was born two months early.
Do you love this stuff as much as I do, or do you try not to think too much about the whole getting-the-baby-out part of pregnancy? Is hearing about othersâ€™ childbirth experiences comforting or terrifying? Would you ever consider posting your birth story online for such a large audience?
Leah (a.k.a. agirlandaboy) is pregnant with her second child, due July 2012, and to be perfectly honest, is kind of freaking out about it. She’ll be hanging out at 24/7 Mom to share more honesty, as well as tips, news, links, suggestions, and commiseration with all you other pregnant mamas out there.
Leah has been writing online since 2003. You can find her all over the Internet, but mostly at her personal blog,