Birth Stories

Every woman's birth story is different. Some are even downright strange. Here you'll find emotional, inspiring, and even wacky birth stories from real moms.

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'My Birth Plan Had to Change Because of COVID-19, But This Is What Moms Need to Know'

Wendy Friedman was about 37 weeks pregnant with her second son when the coronavirus pandemic changed everything—including her hospital’s policy for allowing her doula to be present during her delivery.
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My Own Adoption Was Called into Question When My Baby Was Born With a Different Skin Color

I didn't know what to think when I saw my son's skin tone, which was many shades lighter than mine and my husband's. My son's birth made me question everything about where I came from.
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My Wife Almost Dying from Childbirth Made Me Terrified to Have Another

My wife was pregnant again after she and my son nearly died in childbirth due to a placental abruption. We had a tough decision to make. But we decided to take the risk.
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I Was a Traditional Surrogate and This is What it Was Like

I was 23 when I first became a traditional surrogate—and it changed everything about my life.
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Should You Write a Birth Plan? Mine Was a Waste of Time

My doctor suggested I write a birth plan for the arrival of my daughter. In the end, I learned no birth goes as planned.
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This Is How Your Baby Fits in the Womb

A birth photographer out of the Netherlands has published a series of photos demonstrating exactly how a baby fits in the womb. And it is pretty amazing.
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Real-Life Birth Stories

Real moms tell all! Check out real-life birth stories and then send in your own!
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13 Photos That Prove C-Section Moms Are Incredibly Brave

Our readers shared inspiring stories and photos of their Cesarean sections on Facebook, showing that moms are strong enough to go through anything for their babies.
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The New Year's Baby Race: Could You Have a Contender?

Have a holiday due date? A New Year's baby may mean a showering of gifts and a bevy of media attention.