B!RTH is inviting people all over the world to share their experiences of birth, whether it was you giving birth or a birth you experienced. Click on the excerpts to read the stories people have shared already. To submit your own story, click here.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I gave birth in my 2 bedroom apartment in Calgary, Alberta
19 hours of labour in my small apartment was at once the most difficult, gratifying, and beautiful experience of my life.
Stoke on Trent, England
I have been a midwife now for sixteen years and my baby girl is 20 and beautiful
I was terrified that once my baby girl was born, I would no longer be able to keep her safe.
La Jolla, California, USA
A natural birth was far more painful that I’d really expected
I was very determined to push myself to my extreme limits to achieve what women for generations have been able to do, without medication.
They didn’t listen to me and trust that I know my body and my limitations
I found the whole experience traumatic and did not enjoy spending longer in surgery to correct the tear.
Two years after our daughter’s birth I arrived on the same delivery suite as a trainee midwife
My midwife was one of those amazing human beings who have the capacity to inspire, enlighten and give a sense of safety.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
It was unwelcoming and sterile, unfriendly and not comfortable
The entire process was terrifying and I spent most of the time afraid and not knowing what was happening.
Pregnancy was a 9 month lesson in relinquishing control
My mother’s presence during my first experience of childbirth has strengthened and deepened our relationship, and I know we both feel privileged to have shared that.
Washington, D.C., United States of America
It began with the intention of having a natural birth (no drugs)
Shouldn’t drugs and surgery be the last resort after all other avenues have been exhausted?
After a c-section I’d hoped my second birth would be ‘natural’
Tired and thinking I had hours ahead I asked about an epidural but it turned out I was ready to push! I felt I was pushing forever.