Tag: birth

Birth Stories of Aaryn and Ian

I was in my 30s when I became pregnant for the first time. I did not realize I was pregnant even though it was planned. There weren’t early pregnancy detection strips yet. My pregnancy was easy. No morning sickness, thank God! I took Lamaze…

Birth Story of Alexandra

Each of my daughters has a very different birth story, very fitting for each of their personalities. I don’t often get to tell Alexandra’s birth story, although she is my first daughter, my first baby. Here is her story. I was 18 when I…

Birth Story of Betsy

My due date was March 3, and based on what I know of statistics on first children and my mom’s experience, I was fully expecting that I would be late. Not that we weren’t generally ready for the baby, but I was assuming in…

Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum During COVID-19

With Michelle Tagge and Nicole Peyton Michelle Tagge gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Ashlynn, on March 17. Ashlynn was born at home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has led much of the world to institute…

Birth Story of Mason James

Mason James was born April 9, 2018, at 2:53 a.m. This is the story of his birth. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but it all started the evening of April 7. It was a Saturday, and my husband Chad and I…

Birth Story of Miles Hosburgh

Read Leah’s first birth story here.  Our sweet little Milo man came to us May 22, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. The labor process was the same as last time, but stretched out, which was nice. I had time to process over a longer period…

Birth Story of Asher Lucas Hosburgh

Asher Lucas Hosburgh was born Sept. 1, 2013, at 7:30 a.m. He weighed 7 lb., 4 ounces, measured 20 inches, and was full of hair. He was a super vigorous baby, kicking, punching, and even rolling early on. Asher means “blessed” or “happy,” which…

Birth Story of Samuel Owen Schultz

On July 4, 2017, Josh and I welcomed our second son, Samuel Owen, into the world. This is the story of his birth. In hindsight, it all started about 12:30 a.m. I woke up and had to use the bathroom in an urgent way…

Birth Story of Landon Harkema

My first contraction came and went at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 16. I wrote it off as gas as we were at a family Christmas party and no way did I think labor would start while I was there. A half hour later…

Birth Stories of Oliver and Isaac

I gave birth to my first boy, Oliver, at the age of 20. I was unprepared and scared, and he pushed me to my absolute limit at 42 weeks. I had dreamed of a natural birth, but was secretly afraid of the pain. When…