Birth Stories

If you had talked to me six months ago, I would have told you that I wasn't a fan of birth stories. Let's just say I was less than excited about hearing all the gory details of a tiny human's first birthday and the pain, suffering and nasty-wasty surrounding it. In addition to avoiding birth stories, I also swore off birth plans. I'm a high-expectation kinda gal and if I get a vision in my head about what something will look like and it turns out just a tiny bit differently, I tend to view it as a complete failure and can't enjoy the experience. So for the first six-and-a-half months of pregnancy, I chose not to think about it at all, but instead ran around chanting, "Healthy baby, healthy mamma, that's our birth plan!" Followed by high fives and high kicks from Mike.

Okay, maybe not that last part.

But about three weeks ago, I read an article about creating a birth plan (wish I could link to it, but I can't find it again), and the hubs and I attended our first childbirth class, and over time something clicked for me. I saw value in creating a plan, and actually thinking about and preparing for birth. Nothing too detailed of course, but there are a few things that after reading and learning more about I knew that I wanted (or didn't want) in my birth experience.

(For the record, I cannot believe I just typed "birth experience." Prior to baby, a "birth experience" sounded like trying to push out a Honda Civic. While that very well may be what it feels like, Mike and I's birthing class teachers tell us to think of it like a "flower opening." Well doesn't that just sound like a load of crap lovely?)

Okay, moving away from TMI territory. Along with opening up to birth plans, I also became interested in hearing more about others' experiences. If there's one thing I've learned from reading birth stories, births never go according to plan. So while I wrestle through my desires and managing my expectations, I thought I'd share a few birth stories here, in case you're the type that likes them too.

A scheduled c-section.  And another. 

Accidental home birth. And an intentional one. (These are crazy - not because they're home births - just read them and you'll know exactly what I mean.)

A VBAC. (For those of you not in on the lingo, that's a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.  As of about two weeks ago, I had no clue what it meant - I thought maybe they used a vacuum to suck out the baby ... so don't feel bad, your guess was probably less embarrassing than mine and I just posted it on the great big world wide web.)

An induction.

And if that ain't enough for you, here's a whole slew more of 'em. 



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