Tag: unmedicated 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 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…

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 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…

Birth Story of Malcolm Eli Settle

I was a new mom but I was really good at researching what I needed for my pregnancy. I will never forget how amazed I was when I watched “The Business of Being Born” when I was in my first trimester. After watching and…

Birth Story of Hunter Englund

It all started on Friday, May 25, which coincidentally, was my due date … I had woken up early to make it to my favorite 5:30 a.m. strength workout. I sure hoped my water would break during the workout and things would get started….

Birth Story of Isla Eve: From Dad’s Perspective

The birth of my daughter almost seems abstract after three years has passed. She has grown up to become an intelligent, strong willed (aka stubborn) and confident little girl. Raising small children is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life,…

Birth Story of Ace: From Dad’s Perspective

Danny Lesslie of Dadswagger wrote this story about his second-born daughter, Ace. Dadswagger empowers fathers to be present with their families. His Instagram account features images of dads being dads in their everyday lives, and illustrates the power of a present father. Hear more on Danny’s birth and…

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…