Category: Birth Stories

Birth Story of Ellis Grey Peyton

It was March 5, 2018—my due date. I’m pretty sure I had been complaining for most of the day that our baby boy hadn’t come out yet. Somehow I got it in my head that he was going to be early. I even ended… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Ellis Grey Peyton”

Birth Story of Connor Patrick Tagge

For most of my pregnancy with my first child, I was planning a natural hospital birth with midwives present. At about 24 weeks, when I was supposed to take the gestational diabetes test, I started to have second thoughts. I had done a lot… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Connor Patrick Tagge”

Birth Story of Callahan Alexander Bruner

I want to start by saying I had grand romanticized notions of childbirth, and this overachieving idea that I would write my birth story while in labor and keep a journal for my son to read one day as a way to give him… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Callahan Alexander Bruner”

Beach Day: Birth Story of William Alexandros Tuddenham

It’s Sept. 28, 2010, and it’s a perfect 91 degrees F in Athens, Greece, a great beach day. I mean, why not? So what if I’m 85 lb. over my normal weight and have high blood pressure and I’m 9 months pregnant—a beach day… Continue Reading “Beach Day: Birth Story of William Alexandros Tuddenham”

The Modern Mamas Podcast: The BIRTH Project

I’m so excited to share this podcast I recorded with my amazing friend Laura Bruner of Radical Roots and the Modern Mamas Podcast. In the episode, Laura and I delve into my “why” behind The BIRTH Project, and we chat about parenting, birth, fitness… Continue Reading “The Modern Mamas Podcast: The BIRTH Project”

Birth Story of Henry Young

On July 26, 2014, I woke up at about 6:30 a.m. with menstrual-type cramping. I had been having this for a few days and just laying down with a heating pad usually sent it away. I got up and took a nice long, hot… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Henry Young”

Birth Story of Lily Laufer

“Are you SURE the baby is OK?”, I asked, nearly breathless, about an hour into pushing. As we got closer and closer to meeting our baby, my excitement and my fear continued to build in parallel. “Everything looks perfect, the heart rate is great,” my… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Lily Laufer”

Birth Story of Breanna Rose Holmberg

Our beautiful baby daughter came into this world on Sept. 19, 2014, unable to breathe, swollen and full of fluid. We knew after being at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for nine days that she was safer in the womb than out in the world,… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Breanna Rose Holmberg”

Birth Story of Calev Schwartz

Calev Schwartz was born still on Oct. 24, 2017. After a wonderful pregnancy experience, his death came as a horrific shock to his parents, Jeremy and Allison. The couple hopes to help others who have suffered a loss by sharing their experience. They created… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Calev Schwartz”

Birth Story of Mason Benjamin

Mason Benjamin was born still on May 12, 2002. My pregnancy had been near perfect. I never suffered from morning sickness, I was relatively comfortable right up until the end, and my energy levels were good throughout my 8 ½ months of pregnancy. It… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Mason Benjamin”