• birthing with polyhydrominos: a birth story

    This birth story is from Deb, a former certified Bradley® teacher and doula. I’ll do my best to recount our birth day without making it sound too bad. I wrote this a week after our birth, and even then, I could appreciate what…

  • a nice homebirth of a third baby

    After having an “accidental” homebirth for her second baby, Sarah and her husband decided to plan a homebirth for their third baby. This is Sarah’s birth story: I’ve heard many times that third babies are unpredictable. My first two had come right before…

  • an unplanned homebirth

    This is the birth story of Sarah’s second birth. With her first birth, she was sent to the hospital from her doctor’s office after they checked her and was found to be 6 centimeters. Overwhelming contractions started once they artificially ruptured her membranes.…

  • sheridan and baby

    a hypnobabies birth

    A big thank-you to Sheridan for sharing her birth story here. Sheridan is a Hypnobabies instructor and a fellow member of Independent Childbirth. Here are some excerpts: The Hypnobabies Birth Guide CD was amazing. It seemed to be saying exactly what I needed…

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    Cervidil induction: Katherine’s natural birth story

    This is a cervidil induction story submitted by Katherine. In her words, she was committed to an un-medicated, un-managed, natural birth, but was also birthing at a big university teaching hospital, albeit with a team of very cool midwives. She and her husband…