Whether it's your first baby or your fourth, there is no denying that the idea of giving birth is incredibly daunting. It's normal to comb the internet to read other peoples birth stories in a bid to comfort yourself at a time when you've simply no idea how things can go.
However, we think that it can be risky opening yourself up to the whole of the internet and it's easy to fall into a hole of birth stories that may not be so reassuring and actually, you can worry yourself even further, something that you don't want for you or your upcoming arrival.
To prevent that from happening, we've rounded up positive birth stories for you to read through to give you a burst of encouragement and a reminder that actually, birth doesn't always end up turning out how you might fear.
Although she ended up giving birth at home, HR manager Laura's labour with daughter Ruby lasted about 10 minutes from start to finish! We'll admit it, we're jealous.
Katie's baby arrived just in time to celebrate Christmas in this winter birth story.
Meet Debbie, who gave birth to her breech baby with a planned c-section. 'In the end, it couldn't have gone any better,' she said. 'I'll always be grateful for how calmly and positively baby Ariana came into the world.'
Doula Hannah's birth was relatively straight forward but it's what she did afterwards that might surprise you...
Full-time mum Gemma made the decision to film her birth for her YouTube channel. 'I really hoped that if other mums saw my videos, it would help reassure them about their own births,' she says.
Lisa Beever had more reason to celebrate on New Year’s Day than most!
Are you due to have a large baby? Well, don't fret! Meet Emily Johnson and her big baby, Emmett, who arrived safely at their home birth.
Would you want your whole family to join you in the delivery room? Jeorgia Cook had a room full of helpers at the birth of her son…
Olivia Siegl had a pregnancy craving she just couldn’t resist...
Fiona McSheffrey from Yorkshire enjoyed a mindful birth with help from a doula.
Despite being due on December 20, Christmas-lover Kaye was delighted to give birth on the 25th.
Yoga teacher Sara Hanks told us how giving birth was like having an orgasm...
Vikki Turner gives us insight into her experience giving birth without medication.
Mum of two Shea Hollis shares her experience of midwife-led care, which she says was the next best thing to a home birth.
Sometimes the way your baby arrives couldn’t be further from how you imagined as this mum found out.