Good Birth Stories

Every woman’s good birth story is different – but they are all exciting, encouraging and infectious. Some of the women who have agreed to be birth buddies have also let us share their stories here, to tell their stories more widely to anyone who visits the site.

Ruth’s story – an unexpected induction

I wanted to share my birth story as I know induction can be a big fear for lots of people, but it isn’t the end of the road in terms of a positive or natural birth. Our son Sebastian was born on Tuesday 28th March this year (2017) weighing 6lb 15oz with really dark hair (inherited […] Read more »

Victoria’s story – Freya’s birth

        On Tuesday, mum and dad came to keep me company. We had lunch at the Fox, went for a walk along the canal, and then went to Mothercare. It was a great distraction and a good amount of exercise. But it meant I was tired on Wednesday, so spent most of […] Read more »

Luise’s story – Matilda’s birth

I had the birth I had dreamed of and visualised for the past 41 + 5 days!!!! A natural birth in our home. I felt some surges starting at 11pm on Tuesday 25th July. They were manageable and exciting – I would sometimes go on all fours and other times sort of doze through them […] Read more »

Jessica’s story – Owen’s birth

I was so happy to have a positive birth second time around, and in the way that I wanted – naturally, relative pain-free and in control. My first child – my daughter Ava, now 2 – was induced after my waters broke with meconium in them. I managed 12 hours of labour on syntocin on […] Read more »

Freya’s birth at home

I come from a family where my Mum, her Sister, my Granny have all told me some horror stories about their difficult births and some of the long term problems they suffered as a result. This literally petrified me into telling my midwife at my booking visit that I’d be having an elective c-section. I […] Read more »

Jacki’s story – Isabella’s birth

It was Tuesday afternoon, around 5pm and I’d just come home from one of my last half days of work before maternity leave was going to begin.  I was 35 weeks pregnant that day. I had just had a call from a consultant midwife making an appointment to discuss having a home birth.  It was […] Read more »

Christina’s birth at home

Every time I think of giving birth to our amazing son, I smile. My whole body is overwhelmed with happiness and I beam. Giving birth was the best thing I’ve ever done, ever. A complete sense of euphoria filled me and I can’t stop thinking about doing it again, and again! I was very nervous […] Read more »

Katie’s story – Sophia’s birth

I attended pregnancy yoga classes throughout my pregnancy, read up on hypnobirthing, attended NCT classes as well as the hospital’s antenatal classes too, and sat on a pilates ball whilst in the office for the last few months of my pregnancy to try and encourage baby to move to the best position. I felt I […] Read more »

Catherine’s healing story

I am so proud of my birth story. I had a traumatic first birth experience with my daughter in 2014, and so when I fell pregnant again I was immediately offered a highly managed second delivery by my doctor. This was reassuring in some ways, but I also knew that I didn’t want a high […] Read more »