Homebirth Stories

Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story

A registered nurse discusses why she switched—at 37 weeks—from planning a hospital birth with an obstetrician to giving birth naturally, in a free-standing birth center with a certified professional midwife and a doula. Read more…. Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story

Pascual’s Beautiful Home Waterbirth in Malaysia

A mother shares her waterbirth story and urges others to have faith in the process of birth, their bodies and their babies.

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A Beautiful Birth

An intensely poignant story about a very surprising homebirth, excerpted from midwife Carol Leonard’s book, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga.

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From Fear to Peace: Jeremy’s Birth Story

After having two sons and three miscarriages, a mother worries about birthing her third child, but finds peace and strength in her planned home waterbirth.

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The System That Worked

Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

After three hospital births, a mother discovers homebirth and gets the respectful, no-stress birth she’s been craving.

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The Perfect Mantra

A mother uses a mantra she learned while hiking the Inca Trail in Peru to have a peaceful birth.

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Ada’s Midwife’s Story

Ada strode into the office accompanied by her husband, mother and grandmother. She was the picture of health—and education.

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Bruno’s Birth Story

Five weeks before her due date, a Washington State mother learns from her out-of-hospital midwives that they will be unable to care for her because her baby is breech. A decision to drive to Oregon, where midwives can assist breech births at home is made, but baby has other plans. In the end, the couple’s Oregon midwife assists via phone and Bruno is born butt-first at home, into his mother’s hands.

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The Power of Story

“There are still midwives and mothers who know powerful stories. Who still live powerful birth stories. We must take courage and tell the stories. … We must take courage and believe the stories,” writes Sister MorningStar in this lovely introduction to our special section of homebirth stories.

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