Giving birth is one of the most empowering and life changing moments you will experience as a parent. Just think about it! Everything changes. As you prepare for your labor and delivery, it’s important that you feel motivated and excited about it. I truly believe the reason why I was able to give birth naturally was becuase I was encouraged by other peoples positive birth stories.
Despite the beautiful miracle that childbirth may be, it is oftentimes associated with a great deal of fear and anxiety. From pain to potential complications, moms-to-be can often become bogged down with negative thoughts. And that’s just from their own imagination and worries.
On top of this, many moms-to-be receive tons of advice from other moms, grandmothers, and women that surround them, both solicited and unsolicited. Much of this advice comes in the form of personal stories, and it can oftentimes be stories where things go wrong. Many people offering advice may have the best of intentions, but it can oftentimes leave moms-to-be feeling more worried and anxious about giving birth.
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Why You Should You Listen to Positive Birth Stories?
When you’re preparing to have a baby, it’s important to surround yourself with positive birth stories. There is so much bad and scary news and thoughts that come and go, so it’s important to seek out, watch and read about mamas who had great birth experiences.
Yes, giving birth can be scary, but it can also be one of the greatest experiences of your life! That’s why we’re focusing on all things positive today in our post! Including my own birth story, I’ll be sharing 5 positive birthing experiences that you should most definitely check out if you are preparing to have a baby!
My Positive Natural (No Epidural) Birth Story
For many, they associate a positive natural birth experience with one that goes exactly according to plan. That was just not the case for me and millions of other women. In fact, my little girl decided to make her grand entrance 4 weeks early!
There were several moments throughout my labor where I was faced with uncertainty and unexpected decisions. But, I focused on the positive, and I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t have wanted my birth experience any other way.
(Check Out the Pros + Cons of Having a Natural Birth)
The Days Leading Up to Labor
Days leading up to my water breaking, I was experiencing a lot of soreness in my back. I was miserable, and it seemed like nothing I was doing would make me feel comfortable.
My Water Broke
Then, four weeks before I was due, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I wet the bed! Spoiler alert: I hadn’t! My water had broken, and it was time to head to the hospital!
Not only was this unexpected, we also didn’t have our SUV (with the carseat) that weekend, but so we ended up having to make up my husbands car! We headed to the hospital and when we got there, they brought me to this room where they checked to ensure that my water actually broke.
After they confirmed that I was in labor, the nurses moved me to a delivery room. At this point, I couldn’t feel contractions but the nurses were monitoring me and said I was definitely having some!
Next, I waited around to get my COVID test (which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy!) Then the nurses got me all checked in, pumped with fluids and antibiotics, and waited.
The Original Birth Plan
My original plan was to labor at home, but when my water broke that was no longer an option. Instead of dwelling on my plan not working out, I stayed focus on staying calm and relaxed because I knew this would help labor progress.
I also was never against an epidural, I went into it with an open mind; But really wanted a natural birth for SO many reasons.
8 Hours into Labor – 4cm
My midwife actually recommended Pitocin when I arrived at the hospital, but I really wanted an intervention free birth. So, we waited it out. And I’m so glad I did!
A lot of my labor was a blur, especially when it came to the transition, which is the final stage of labor. I spent some time laboring in the shower, walking through my contractions, and having my husband help me with my breathing techniques that he remembered from our Mama Natural Birth Course.
There were moments when I wanted to throw in the towel. There were moments when I wanted to get the epidural, but my preparation and my support system kept reminding me that I could do this! And…I did!
At this point, I should have known I was in transition because I wanted to back out. But once my nurse checked me and I was 8 cm – I was motivated to give birth without an epidural!
I went from an 8 to a 10 in 45 minutes. The nurses kept telling me I wasn’t near pushing, but I could feel my body already doing it. What’s funny is I kept begging them to call my midwife… and thank goodness she did because by time she got there, I was a 10!
Time To Push
After hours of laboring, it came time to push! Ironically, I remember thinking how long an hour and a half of pushing was going to be, but it really went by so quickly. The moment they put that little miracle on my chest, the hours before seemed to fade into a distant memory. My little girl had arrived, and it was the most amazing feeling that I have ever felt!
From the doctor wanting me to start pitocin to not being able to labor at home or in the shower as long as I had hoped, there were many moments throughout my labor where I could have easily lost my positivity. But, I stayed positive, rolled with the punches, and focused on the fact that each contraction was one step closer to meeting my baby girl.
5 Positive Birth Stories that Helped Me Have A Natural Birth
There are so many other wonderful positive birth stories out there, like mine, that may not have everything go according to plan, but they focus on the beauty and the positivity that is the experience of giving birth. Here are just a few of the many more that you may want to check out…
Aspyn and Parker’s Birth Story
Aspyn and Parker’s birth story is one of simplicity and beauty. In movies and television shows, birth is oftentimes depicted as this big and dramatic series of events. This story is just the opposite. It shows a supporting spouse and family. It shows some of the discomfort that comes with birth. But, most importantly, it shows the love that this journey has brought!
From the realistic beginnings where Aspyn wasn’t sure if she was even in labor to the epidural and their baby’s arrival, this birth story will definitely bring tears to your eyes!
Julia Zuniga’s Birth Story
Julia’s birth story is one of hope and faith as she brings a beautiful rainbow baby into this world! Unlike Aspyn and Parker’s birth story, Julia’s labor was induced to begin her journey, which could give you some insight on what to expect if this were to happen to you.
Some women may greatly desire to go into labor on their own, but sometimes it’s what is best for the baby and mom. Despite its unexpected nature, Julia and her husband bring positivity and light hearted humor to their birth video, and it is a joy to watch!
Farmhouse on Boone’s Positive Birth Story
Maybe you want to watch a positive birth story that is also a home birth? Well, if that’s the case, you may want to check out Lisa’s birth story with her precious son! This is her 6th child, so she definitely has a lot of wisdom, advice, and positivity to her story that could greatly help you in your journey and preparation for the birth of your child!
OckeyDockey’s Birth Story
Be sure to grab a box of tissues if you’re going to watch this birth story! From the moment you start watching, you can just feel the love and happiness that this journey and this family brings! This birth story is all about family and being surrounded with all of your loved ones, making your child’s entry into this world a celebration. It will definitely make you think about and start picturing your new life with your little one! This is probably my favorite of the positive birth stories.
Bridget Teylor’s Birth Story
If you’re just now learning about Bridget Teylor, you should definitely check her out! She is amazing and has some great content filled with tips and advice for birth. We used some of her advice during our birth!
In Bridget’s birth story, she walks us through her experience and how she achieved an unmedicated, natural birth with her beautiful baby girl! While this video shows clips from the birth, it also has Bridget narrating and taking more time to recount the details of their beautiful day!
5 Tips for Having a Positive Birth Experience
Whether you want to have an unmedicated birth at home or you are having a C-section, everyone can have a positive birth experience! From my experience and learning from the others listed in our video today, I’ve compiled a list of my top tips for having a positive birth experience which include…
1. Be Prepared
As you are anticipating your baby’s arrival, take time and get prepared. Learn about your options and decide what is best for you! Take some birthing classes with your partner! The more you know going into your brith, the more prepared you can be for what is ahead!
2. Be Flexible
On the flipside of the advice above, don’t be so stuck on your plan and your preparation that you become inflexible. Just with my birth story and countless others, there are bound to be unexpected moments. You can’t be prepared for everything, and that is okay.
Roll with the punches and know that, at the end of the day, the focus is on your child and bringing them into the world healthy.
3. Trust your Body
Call it “mother’s intuition” or whatever you want, but there’s just something innate in us that knows what is best. As you head into the laboring process, trust that your body is designed to give birth. Your body knows what it needs, so stay in tune with yourself, listen to yourself, and trust yourself.
If you feel like you need to get up and move around, do it if it’s safe for you to do so. If you feel like you need to push, tell your doctor. Your body is amazing, and it knows what it is doing!
4. Stay Relaxed
Whether it’s during labor, filling out the paperwork, or when you are preparing to be induced, try everything you can to stay relaxed. Like I said above, your body was made for this and you can do it. Don’t tense up. Rest easy and relaxed knowing that your baby will be here soon.
Lastly and most importantly, lean on your relationship with God during this time. It is one of the most special gifts that God has given us–the ability to have children in His image. Pray throughout your pregnancy. Pray during your hard times and painful moments in labor. Then, pray when you are holding your precious angel, rejoicing in the miracle that has just occurred!
Sometimes, it can feel like there is a lot of negativity around childbirth. People may focus on the pain and the unexpected events that may unfold, but it’s important to stay positive and surround yourself with positivity leading up to your child’s birth. I hope you enjoyed these positive birth stories as much as I did!
Childbirth is one of the most beautiful experiences I have had in my entire life. Was it a little painful? Yes. Was it filled with unexpected moments? Yes. But, was it perfect in every way? Again, yes!
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