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Positive birth stories

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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. 

'My labour only lasted 10 minutes!'

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.

'I had my baby in time for Christmas'

Katie's baby arrived just in time to celebrate Christmas in this winter birth story. 

'I loved knowing when my baby would arrive!'

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.' 

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‘I had a lotus birth and left my placenta attached’

Doula Hannah's birth was relatively straight forward but it's what she did afterwards that might surprise you...

'I filmed my birth for YouTube!'

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. 

'I had a New Year‘s baby!'

Lisa Beever had more reason to celebrate on New Year’s Day than most!

'I had my 11-pound baby in a home birth'

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.

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'My family joined me at the 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…

'I went out for ice cream and came home with my baby!'

Olivia Siegl had a pregnancy craving she just couldn’t resist...

'My doula helped me have a mindful home birth'

Fiona McSheffrey from Yorkshire enjoyed a mindful birth with help from a doula. 

'I had a Christmas baby - and was back in time to open presents!”

Despite being due on December 20, Christmas-lover Kaye was delighted to give birth on the 25th.

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'Giving birth was like having an orgasm!'

Yoga teacher Sara Hanks told us how giving birth was like having an orgasm...

‘I trusted my body and had a medication-free birth’

Vikki Turner gives us insight into her experience giving birth without medication. 

'I gave birth in a midwife-led unit'

Mum of two Shea Hollis shares her experience of midwife-led care, which she says was the next best thing to a home birth.

'I was happy to have an emergency C-Section'

Sometimes the way your baby arrives couldn’t be further from how you imagined as this mum found out.

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  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news and product pages, features and  interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.


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