Tag Archives: Birth Stories

The Birth Interview Project | Tracey’s Medically Indicated Hospital Induction w/out Epidural.

29 Feb

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Mama with her sweet baby girl.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I’m 32, I’m a cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding mother of 3.  This is the story of my 3rd baby, Finley Harper.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?  

Due date: June 23rd, 2010.  Birth date: June 7th, 2010

What was your baby’s weight and length?  

6lb 11oz and 21 inches long.

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The Birth Interview Project | Alison’s Birth Center Birth

25 Feb

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Alison and her son, Henry

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I became pregnant after having struggled with PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome) for over three years. My husband of 8 years and I were in no way trying to have a baby at that time. I was just trying to get my PCOS under control so that when we did decide to start a family we would have an easier time. In September of 2009, I had surgery to have dozens of ovarian cysts removed which were, in essence, suffocating my reproductive system. I was then put on birth control to help regulate my hormone production. Six months to the day after I had my surgery I found out I was pregnant. Hence why we call Henry “our little Jurassic Park baby” — nature found a way! Though we were not yet trying to get pregnant, we were none-the-less thrilled. I knew I would seek a natural childbirth well before I ever became pregnant. I have a minor in Women’s Studies and personally feel that the medical system in America has hijacked women’s ability to birth in a physically “normal” manner. I am incredibly happy to live in a nation with wonderful Ob/GYN surgeons should a mom and baby need them. For me though, I wanted to birth the way my mother, grandmother and ancestors birthed. 

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

My due date was November 22nd but throughout my whole pregnancy my Midwife, Jean, reminded me that most first time moms deliver around 41 weeks and 3 days. Henry was born December 2nd, 2010 at exactly 41 weeks and 3 days. 

What was Henry’s weight and length?

Henry was a perfect 8 pounds, 7 ounces and a little tall at 21 ¾ inches.

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Birth Center Waterbirth

8 Jan

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Hi readers! Here is Beth’s third interview.  If you want to catch up and get a little more familiar with Beth, go read her first interview by clicking here and read her second interview by clicking here. Enjoy!

Beth laboring in the tub

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I am a mother of five describing the birth of my first waterbaby, 5 years ago after two hospital births.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

I was due July 28th and baby was born July 14th.

What was your baby’s weight and length?

Hannah was born 7 pounds 2 ounces and I don’t remember the length.  I know I’m supposed to know but I just don’t.

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Hospital Birth w/Demerol. 13 Years Ago

30 Dec

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not reflect the values of the blog author.

Beth’s first birth story is a hard one.  The disconnect that she experienced during her labor and lack of concern that surrounded her birth leaves me with a sinking feeling in my heart.  But it is the first story in a sequence of Beth’s birth stories that show her growth and empowerment in labor and birth.  Beth is the mother of five beautiful children and each of their birth stories will be told through The Birth Interview Project.

I feel compelled to share with you a little about Beth before you read her story. I met Beth while I worked at Inanna Birth and Women’s Center as a birth assistant.  I remember last December being called in for a birth, I quietly walked into the room thinking that I would see a mother showing the typical signs of heavy labor; to my surprise I saw Beth standing, swaying her hips back and forth, her hands resting on her belly, laughing, in mid conversation with her husband, son and midwife.  Initially, I thought I was called in too early for assistance, only to find out from the midwife that Beth was 9 cms dilated and would shortly deliver her baby (in the water, a beautiful little girl, – but you’ll read that story later).  

Being that I was around 30 weeks pregnant, I walked away from Beth’s birth with awe.  I took her birth experience, meditated on it and allowed it to paint of picture of what birth – even my own approaching birth – could look like.

Beth soon became a friend and continues to pour encouragement into my life on a regular basis.  Some people are gifted that way, and she is one of those who just oozes appreciation and validation on to you.   Beyond that, I have to say, she gave me one of the best and most practical gift-basket-of-a-shower gift(s) I have ever received! Plus, I’m really glad that I have a friend who has so much experience in the mothering department.  She’s raising five children between the ages of 13 and 1 – I can always go to her with my new (HELP, WHAT DO I DO NOW?) mom questions.  Thank you, Beth!  

I know you will enjoy reading Beth’s progression of  birth stories. Here is Beth’s first interview on the birth of her son, Trey.

Trey, now 13 years old, holding his youngest sister, Rebekah.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I am a mother of five sharing with you the birth of my first child, 13 years ago.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

EDD – April 12
Birthdate – April 2

What was Michael Atreyu’s (Trey) weight and length?

8 pounds 6 oz., 21 inches long.

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