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Giving birth can unleash us, it can light us up, and it can connect us with women and babies around the world.  This is a virtual collection of birth stories—all kinds—to empower and inspire women to claim the power of this potent transformation.

Peruse our collective stories, tell yours, and join the discussion on the Facebook page.

Thanks for being part of The Birth Story Project.  These are our stories.

A Numerical Birth Poem – finding peace

I would like to begin by saying that I have planned and thought about being a mom for a long time. When I was 7 years old I met my friend from Taiwan named Emily and I wanted to have a daughter named Emily. We ended up having identical twins, Emily and Emma. This is part of the story. My husband is from China, and I credit the entire story partly to the little girl inside.

“A Numerical Birth Poem – finding peace”

5 years, paid off the house,
5 years married;
5 years ready.

8/13/2012 ready to make a baby,
8/13/2012 #first time worked;
8/13/2012 when did the egg split?

20 weeks ultrasound,
20 weeks discovery;
20 weeks twin girls!

36 weeks adjustment,
36 weeks friends’ dads’ funeral;
36 weeks preterm premature rupture of membranes.

42 hours of grief,
42 hours of questioning;
42 hours of mother-regret.

10 bags of pitocin,
10 bags of “What did I do wrong?”
10 bags of strength.

1 doula,
1 obgyn;
1 miraculous team.

7:28 pm. Baby A,
7:32 pm. Baby B;
7:33 pm. a mother is born.

4/20/2013 a miracle of switching Baby A and Baby B,
4/20/2013 no epidural; (woo hoo!)
4/20/2013 natural birth.

30 years of planning,
30 years of preparation;
30 years of delight.

3.5 years of breastfeeding,
3.5 years of perseverance;
3.5 years of giving the best.

Infinity that “everything happens for a reason,”
Infinity of perseverance;
Infinity of mother love.

– Amy

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Nicole’s Story

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Ebony’s Story

My DJ was born on Thursday, December 15, 2016. I remember like it was just yesterday. It's an experience I'll never forget. My water broke at about 6:00 on Wednesday morning. I was rushed to our local hospital, then transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville,...

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Lisa Lee’s Story

Not every pregnant woman is willing to talk about their emotional state and what really happened on the day they were about to give birth to their first born, but I'm not afraid to put myself in a vulnerable position. After all, pain and hardship is what makes us...

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Christel’s Story

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The Birth Story of Hope

Patience. Experience. Hope. Romans 5:1-5 Long before the pregnancy test turned positive, I hoped for this pregnancy and a more peaceful experience. After 10 months of waiting and holding onto hope, my prayers have been answered! After my 39 week visit, for no medical...

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Dear Midwife

Dear Midwife, There are many things that I could tell you, but I want to start by saying that I’m not sure you fully understand the lasting impact that you can have on a woman and her family. My story starts as a positive one. We had met so many kind, encouraging and...

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Allyson’s Story

My first contraction hit me. It was 11:30pm on November 12, 2017. I was a week overdue and I had an induction scheduled for 7:30am the next morning. Boom! Next contraction, only 5 minutes apart. They were very hard labor contractions. My husband got our bag ready at...

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Erin’s Story

I decided on pizza before I checked into the hospital to deliver my baby. I was scheduled to be at the hospital at 7pm on a stormy evening in late October. After pizza, my husband, mom, and I headed to the delivery ward. The hospital smell reminded me of all of the...

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Jackie’s Story

Taylor and I found out we were expecting Baby Aiden at the end of October 2017 and couldn’t have been more excited and terrified at the same time. My first trimester I did not have too many symptoms. I did not normally have morning sickness if I snacked throughout the...

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