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Thank you so much for sharing, I am crying. At work.
Give that baby a kiss and god bless all of you!


Thank you so much for sharing, I am crying. At work.
Give that baby a kiss and god bless all of you!


Wow. You were amazing. All births are amazing, but seriously, you went through hell. I was so lucky my labor was "easy" in comparison. Beyond easy in comparison. Also, since Ryan was premature he was smaller, therefore, "easier" to push out.

Even knowing how hard it can get, I am still going to plan (hahaha, yeah, gotta get pregnant first) a home birth. Hearing this has made me more aware of what I need to be prepared for (as much as possible anyway).

That was an amazing story, and YOU are an amazing woman.


Truly amazing birth journey. Thank you for sharing. You're one helluva woman.


She's beautiful. You are well. What could be better?


Wow. Thanks for the story. It brought back memories that had been wiped out by that mysterious amnesia hormone that is supposed to keep us from never having another baby.

I am so happy that Sophia is healthy and you are recovering. Congratulations on the completion of the journey.


amazing and beautiful.


Wonderful story, and I am amazed that you are able to recount it all so clearly. The birth of my first was full of drama and complications, and it was all I could do afterwards to remember how it all unfolded.

Congratulations to you and your family. And, the line from your midwife -- that the birth isn't the hardest thing you will ever do for that baby -- may be the most true thing I've ever read.


Congratulations! Amazing...


Holy freaking cow. I am SO proud of you. I know I don't know you and all, but you did an AMAZING job. Just amazing.

:Thank the Universe for Louise, because man, she really does know her stuff.

And OT: In the first part you wrote Sept 23rd - I do believe you meant August.

What an AMAZING birth. Just amazing.


Leaving, she tells me: "This is not the hardest thing you will ever do for this baby." I think about that, constantly, still.

I was holding together pretty well until this part. And then the waterworks broke.

thanks for the story.


Amazing. Brings me back. :)

Your daughter is beautiful. :)

Amy T.

Lurker here! I haven't read all of the many many comments, but just wanted to say what a great job you did writing this story. You will be glad you got it down so quickly as those memories quickly fade. Congratulations on your adorable baby!


"...though one nurse says, "Get mad! Get mad and push that baby out!" which is something I've always loathed, but at the time I find it funny."

When a nurse told me this with my first (hospital) birth, it actually stopped my contractions for a couple minutes, I was so flabbergasted and unprepared for her remark. All I could think was, "I ain't even met this little person yet and you want me to start our relationship ANGRY with him/her?" Unbelievable, the stupid things L&D folks can say.

Anyway...back to YOU. Fabulous job on the reporting, and an even better one with the whole birthin' biz. (You sure you weren't jotting down notes between contractions?)


I have read your story three times now, Jo, and cried every time. Thank you.

I also wanted to add, for the pregnant women who are worried about the intensity of birth after reading Jo's experience, that baby's presentation can make a vast difference. My first two babies were posterior; my second two were anterior. This story took me back to my first birth -- to the feeling that nothing, no force I could muster, was going to get that head out of my pelvis. With my youngest, I thought I had hours to go when the midwife first checked me. She said, "You're almost nine cm!" I was almost ready to push and had no idea. Huge difference, and not just because I was a multip.

Best to you and Sophia, Jo.


I don't even know what to say. Thank you for letting me experience birth one more time. My last child was born six months ago and my birthin' days are now officially over. The most heartbreaking part is that those moments slip away.

That moment of realizing you are moments away from an actual *real* baby... a brand new little peep.. that's the good stuff man. This is why we exist.


I REALLY enjoyed your birth story. Brought me back to mine 9 months ago. what a wonderful writer you are and an amazing mother.


The conehead has been explained.
You are one tough woman -- nobody better mess with you!


Wow. Just, wow. This moved me to tears. And the pain, the way you described it. Three internal exams on a pit drip had me screaming for the epidural. I am in awe of what you did.


That was so beautiful, the entire story. I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I can't tell you how much that brought up for me regarding my own birth experience having my son last year. He was posterior, too. It is so hard to give words to the pain of those hands inside me, trying over and over again to turn him manually. I truly felt brutalized. Unmedicated labor was bad, but that was...indescribeable. Thanks for giving it words. And congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter.


Wow! What a moving and beautifully honest story. You have inspired me. If and when I ever give birth, I hope I am as brave and have as wonderful a team as you. Thank you for sharing that with us. It made me cry.


Your story, what you went through, how you retold it, brought me to tears. I am 1 day past my EDD and having a very hard time letting go of my negative emotions - mostly those that leave me feeling "detached" from my unborn son. "File it away", my mom says. Something I had only heard her say - until today.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story.


Found your blog recently and just got around to reading your birth story. I'm also a homebirth mom who transferred--yours is the first birth story I've read that has that in common with mine. (In my case it was for exhaustion.)

And it does sound like you were amazing in there!


Fabulous story and so like my first birth which was in a birth centre. I laboured for 36 hours (24 in hospital) with a posterior baby and although I was completely dilated had a c-section. No one was prepared to actually help me birth my baby with their hands. I'd done everything I could and gone without pain relief until just before I went to surgery.
But I went on to have 2 drug free fantastic natural births and proved to myself I could do it!
Loved reading it! All the best!!


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