Category: Birth Stories

Giving Birth in Armenia vs. the U.S.: A Comparison

Not very many women can say they have given birth in the United States and in Armenia. I delivered our first baby at a hospital in Northern Virginia. With full health insurance coverage and the best care available, delivery was thankfully seamless. I also… Continue Reading “Giving Birth in Armenia vs. the U.S.: A Comparison”

Birth Story of Timothy Brendan Scahill

When I met my husband Joe, he was divorced and 12 years my senior with two children as part of his package deal. We were married in 1979 and moved halfway across the country to settle into family life in Omaha, Nebraska. Since he had primary… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Timothy Brendan Scahill”

Birth Story of Isla Eve Peyton—The Pregnancy

The story of Isla’s birth isn’t complete without touching on my pregnancy experience. Health and fitness have been critical aspects of my adult life, and when I got pregnant with my daughter, I wanted to be as healthy as I could for myself and for… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Isla Eve Peyton—The Pregnancy”

Birth Story of Dylan Savino DiPalma

April 9, 2009, was the day I became a mommy. My husband Mike and I headed to Sutter Maternity Center in Santa Cruz, California, early that Thursday morning. I had a scheduled induction, as I was 11 days past my due date and there… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Dylan Savino DiPalma”

Birth Story of Miles Christopher Shelley

I did it! I gave birth to my son Miles Christopher Shelley at my midwife’s home, no drugs, all natural, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at 1:37 p.m.—one day before my birthday! He weighed 7 lb., 7 oz. My birth experience was not anything… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Miles Christopher Shelley”

Birth Story of Demi Tyler Molinaro

My journey into parenthood started Monday July 31, 2018—just three days before my due date. I started feeling mild contractions after my morning workout at CrossFit Aptos, but they were so subtle that I continued about my day without thinking anything of it. As… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Demi Tyler Molinaro”

Birth Story of Wren Heinold Arndorfer

Living in Wesley, Iowa, which is a rural area where everyone does everything the same (or at least that’s how it seems) already had me feeling upset. It felt like I was answering question after question about planning a home birth. What happens if… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Wren Heinold Arndorfer”

Birth Story of Allison Leigh Scahill

Our decision to have a fourth child was made after much careful thought and conversation. My husband’s first two children, Andrew and Melinda, were seven and 13 years older than our year-old son, Timothy. We didn’t want him to feel like an only child;… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Allison Leigh Scahill”

Birth Story of Sterling Holmes O’Brien

On Feb. 26, 2016, 11 days post date, I went to my midwife appointment at 1 p.m. for a check-up. I was on the verge of tears and eager for labor to begin. We talked about how I was feeling and checked baby’s position.… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Sterling Holmes O’Brien”

Birth Story of Lakota Lawrence Sakamoto

Lakota Lawrence Sakamoto was born at 5:02 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2016, after 55 hours of labor and a whole lot of emotion. The birth of our son was quite an adventure, and we experienced a little bit of everything from induction to… Continue Reading “Birth Story of Lakota Lawrence Sakamoto”