Whether we like to think so or not, we will have had negative and unrealistic ideas about birth thrown at us from all angles for most of our lives! Whether that’s the ‘One Born Every Minute’ type programmes where they scream and shout and it’s very dramatic, or the American sitcom type programmes where their waters break in Walmart, they lay on their back huffing and puffing for 20 minutes and out pop three babies! Believe it or not, the ideas that the media put in our head can have a huge impact, not only on our emotions and decision making around birth, but even on the physiological processes of labour! Mad huh? Reading positive birth stories in preparation for your own birth, is a great way to help put you in a positive head space as well as gather hints and tips from real mums that you can apply to your own birth! If you’re looking for a story that applies to your personal circumstances, enter some keywords into the search bar below! If you just want to fill your cup with some positive stories, get reading, there’s LOADS!
Second time mum has her ‘perfect birth’ (in the hospital corridor!) yes really!
A natural birth on a hospital labour ward for a first time mother
A positive, gentle c-section birth of a second baby.
After moving to Ireland in pregnancy and facing a more medicalised birth, this first time mum used the Positively Birthing hypnobirthing techniques for a really positive experience.
After an induction with her first baby, this second time mum had a positive quick birth on the birth Centre using hypnobirthing tools.
Following a 5 day hospital stay for transverse lie, this went on to be a quick positive induction birth.
This mum shares some great tips for managing her surges in her story too!
A first time mum’s waterbirth at home.
Taking control of your choices can make your induction so much more positive.
A second baby born at home, following a difficult forceps first birth in hospital.
Following a week of stop/start surges, baby was born at home for this first time mum.
A first time mum’s birth story that’s the perfect example of following your instinct and not worrying about the ‘numbers’ when it comes to vaginal examinations!
A first time mum’s experience on a birth centre at 41 weeks.
A positive induction after a period of reduced movements.
An induction for IUGR (or a slow in baby’s growth)- just goes to show that even in the face of difficult decision making, birth can still be amazing!
If you’re wondering what things might ‘look like’ if you have to transfer to hospital during a home birth, read this one!
After discovering meconium in baby’s waters, hypnobirthing helps this mum remain calm and have a positive experience
Induction at 38+6 for a first time mum.
After some bleeding in pregnancy and suspected placental abruption, this couple used their Positively Birthing tools and techniques to have a positive birth experience in what could have been a difficult situation.
A birth story using water for labour but Baby was born in dry land!
After Waters breaking and contractions not starting initially, this baby ended up being born at home after all!
A third home birth for this mum of four, and a super speedy one too!
A home birth story where mum’s waters broke without contractions starting for several hours
A planned home birth of a second baby following a difficult first birth experience
Some of the ‘what if’ questions many women have about home births are answered in this positive home birth story.
Second time mum gives birth to her baby in her bag of waters! A birth centre Waterbirth.
A home birth story from a first time mum living in Spain.
A second home birth for this super mummy!
An amazing home birth story from a first time mum
A first time mum shares her story of giving birth in the water. Includes video.
A second time mum shares her home birth story.
One to read at Christmas Time! (It’s not what you think!)
A hypnobirthing VBAC story of a third time mum.
Even if things don’t go ‘to plan’, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a positive experience!
A first time home birth
First baby born at home. Even navigating baby being back to back and coming out like superman!
A quick first birth story of a back to back baby. Even if you need some extra support to birth your baby it can still be amazing!
A positive second natural birth on the labour ward.
A positive second birth in the water using hypnobirthing, following a difficult first experience.
A first time mum with Gestational Diabetes shares her positive birth story
A second time mum’s positive water birth story
Does IVF pregnancy mean induction?
Hypnobirthing for a VBAC birth.
An induction doesnt mean it can’t still be amazing!
An utterly incredibly vaginal breech birth story from a first time mum.
Yep, a positive birth doesnt mean you’ve got to be at home in the bath infront of the Christmas Tree!
Positive Birth Stories from clients and friends of Positively Birthing.
A first time mum tells her experience of a natural hospital water birth.