I could binge read birth stories all day long–it’s like my crack.
Ask any mother, no matter how old her children are, and the clarity with which she’s able to recall even the minutest details about her births will astound you.
That’s how incredible birth is.
While these natural birthing stories are largely positive and supportive of natural childbirth, most are by no means glamorous or idyllic; many of the mothers experienced at least one medicated birth, most had at least one birth unfold differently than they had planned, and all at one time or another experienced feelings of frustration, anxiety, sadness or grief over various aspects of their birthing experiences.
Birth is messy, but so is life.
Thankfully we can find joy in sharing our experiences with each other.