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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.

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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

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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Haley’s Story

On July 30, 2018, at 6:21 a.m., Grady Tate Hobson was born. He clocked in weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 21 inches. Despite being my fourth baby, his labor was the slowest. After mentioning that to my midwife and OB, they both said that tends to happen often...

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Sandhya’s Story

Two hearts??? I asked. Yes, she repeated... I asked her why does my baby have two hearts. She laughed and said you have two babies. I asked HOW WHAT WHO WHEN. She laughed even more and turned the screen towards me and should me two little alien figures and two hearts...

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A Dream Birth Come True in Raleigh

On the morning of Friday, June 22nd, my husband left for his one early shift of the week at around 1:30am. He hugged and kissed me before he left per usual. I drifted in/out of sleep as always, anticipating getting up for work in just a few short hours. At 2 am, I...

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Kaitlin’s Story

At our 35-week prenatal appointment, my husband, Shaun, and I were not looking forward to the long wait time at the doctor’s office. The pregnancy had been relatively uneventful. The highlights of the pregnancy had been the ultrasounds, from the first trimester one...

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Amanda’s Story

When I was pregnant with my second baby, I was under the care of a high-risk OB due to my history – previous miscarriages (one in the second trimester), and a subchorionic hematoma. At my regularly scheduled 39 week appointment with my doctor, I told her I was really...

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A planned unassisted turned hospital birth

April 9, 2018, I woke up at 3:30 am to one of my roommates yelling at her dogs. The previous night, we had eaten fried gator tail medallions, which I maintain as what actually triggered true labor. I felt the first contraction around 3:40 am. I had been having bouts...

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Emilie’s Story

Tuesday, August 23rd at 6am I was awoken by some strong contractions. I turned on my contraction timer app and laid there for a while. I wasn’t expecting much since I’d already been to triage twice for regular contractions and was sent home. Billy woke up about an...

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Harriet’s Story

Four days before my due date I started to experience severe period like pains. I didn't think much of it as everyone was telling me that first babies never came on time; let alone early, so I carried on with my day as usual. By the evening the pains had worsened...

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Mayra’s Story

On Thursday, July 20th I sat in my office at work looking around feeling super anxious and ready for Giselle to be here. I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I had contractions come and go but they would always subside. I was staying super active. I was taking the...

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