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  • 🌸Hallo Welt hier bin ich 🌸 am 20.02.2020 ist unser kleines Wunder auf die Welt gekommen und bereichert unsere Tage und verkürzt unsere Nächte. 💙Jari-Lion / 3120g / 52cm 💙 #baby #babyboy #boy #mum #mama #februarbaby #geburt #geburtsbericht #liebe #dickbauch #schwanger #schwangerschaft #pregnant #pregnancy #birthstory #birth #mom #mom2020 #momblog #familyblog #family #liebe
  • 🌸Hallo Welt hier bin ich 🌸 am 20.02.2020 ist unser kleines Wunder auf die Welt gekommen und bereichert unsere Tage und verkürzt unsere Nächte. 💙Jari-Lion / 3120g / 52cm 💙 #baby #babyboy #boy #mum #mama #februarbaby #geburt #geburtsbericht #liebe #dickbauch #schwanger #schwangerschaft #pregnant #pregnancy #birthstory #birth #mom #mom2020 #momblog #familyblog #family #liebe

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  • Have a Happy Sunday! 🇺🇸
  • Have a Happy Sunday! 🇺🇸

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  • #heyblackmom, "there's a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong." 💪🏾 This mama shared the amazing birth story of her third child. @momma_lips talks about what she learned from each birth and how she went through her latest nearly completely unassisted. 
What a beautiful story! Check out her page for more 🖤

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  • #heyblackmom, "there's a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong." 💪🏾 This mama shared the amazing birth story of her third child. @momma_lips talks about what she learned from each birth and how she went through her latest nearly completely unassisted.
    What a beautiful story! Check out her page for more 🖤

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  •  18  1  1 hour ago
  • This is beautiful baby Eli! These were taken by me in 2016! Birth Story Photography has lately been my favorite to look through. Do you think it has something to do with me getting closer to my due date!?! Come on May! We can’t wait to meet our little boy! #BirthStory
  • This is beautiful baby Eli! These were taken by me in 2016! Birth Story Photography has lately been my favorite to look through. Do you think it has something to do with me getting closer to my due date!?! Come on May! We can’t wait to meet our little boy! #BirthStory

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  • Follow @momsandproud 💛 “15 true things about the first year of motherhood:⁣
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1. You are going to SUCK at this motherhood malarkey, but also SMASH it at the same time... all the time. Forever.⁣
2. Your baby is not like other babies - and you are the only expert.⁣
3. Postpartum bodies are stretched and rippled, and weird, and freakin’ wonderful.⁣
4. It’s okay to admit that some days are sh*t, because even the darkest of hours is only 60 minutes.⁣
5. It actually does take a village to raise a child. Help is happiness.⁣
6. There is no book or page on the internet that reassures you that everyone is winging the f*ck out of this. But we are, that’s motherhood.⁣
7. Don’t judge. Lift. Lift every single parent up until you physically can’t live any more. They need it.⁣
8. STOP COMPARING.⁣
9. ‘Sleep when the baby sleeps is the WORST advice because it just simply doesn’t happen. Here’s what you should do: make yourself a coffee, read a magazine, watch crappy tv, and just do something MINDLESS.⁣
10. We never really knew what tired was, did we?⁣
11. Soak up all the glorious snot + snuggles. ⁣
12. TREAT YOURSELF TO A NEW DRESSING GOWN. YOU NEED IT.⁣
13. Nothing will ever come close to the sound of your child laughing.⁣
14. There are no “good” or “bad” babies. And I’d like to permanently abolish those terms, please?⁣
15. You were made for this. Always.”⁣ (📷: @filipajackson // words by: @hannahlouisevans⁣ inspired by @girlofcardigan)
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  • Follow @momsandproud 💛 “15 true things about the first year of motherhood:⁣

    1. You are going to SUCK at this motherhood malarkey, but also SMASH it at the same time... all the time. Forever.⁣
    2. Your baby is not like other babies - and you are the only expert.⁣
    3. Postpartum bodies are stretched and rippled, and weird, and freakin’ wonderful.⁣
    4. It’s okay to admit that some days are sh*t, because even the darkest of hours is only 60 minutes.⁣
    5. It actually does take a village to raise a child. Help is happiness.⁣
    6. There is no book or page on the internet that reassures you that everyone is winging the f*ck out of this. But we are, that’s motherhood.⁣
    7. Don’t judge. Lift. Lift every single parent up until you physically can’t live any more. They need it.⁣
    8. STOP COMPARING.⁣
    9. ‘Sleep when the baby sleeps is the WORST advice because it just simply doesn’t happen. Here’s what you should do: make yourself a coffee, read a magazine, watch crappy tv, and just do something MINDLESS.⁣
    10. We never really knew what tired was, did we?⁣
    11. Soak up all the glorious snot + snuggles. ⁣
    12. TREAT YOURSELF TO A NEW DRESSING GOWN. YOU NEED IT.⁣
    13. Nothing will ever come close to the sound of your child laughing.⁣
    14. There are no “good” or “bad” babies. And I’d like to permanently abolish those terms, please?⁣
    15. You were made for this. Always.”⁣ (📷: @filipajackson // words by: @hannahlouisevans⁣ inspired by @girlofcardigan)
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    #momsandproud #momlifeisthebestlife #momlifebelike #momboss #mommyproblems #realmomlife #parenthood_unveiled #momsofinstagram #slowmotherhood #momtruth #thisispostpartum #momhood #fourthtrimester #motherhoodlens #birthstory #magicofmotherhood #theheartcaptured #stopdropandmom #raisingtinyhumans #momentslikethese #motherhoodjourney #newborn #mommymode #mommymoments #mymotherhood #storytellingmama #honestlyparents #momlifebelike #lifeasmama

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  • “The thing about infertility is it’s never something you plan for, never something you imagine to be apart of your picture. We don’t grow up wondering if we’re going to be able to get pregnant one day.. we just expect it to happen when it’s time-our time, like it’s a guarantee.⁣
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I wrestled with this so much in the beginning of our journey. (And still now- who am I kidding?)⁣
“This isn’t how it’s supposed to be.”⁣
“This isn’t fair.”⁣
“This isn’t how I pictured it.”⁣
“This isn’t what I deserve.”⁣
“This isn’t what we planned for.”⁣
As if I had control over it at all in the first place. I sure thought I did though, let me tell you.⁣
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From the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship we began planning. First, finish school and get our degrees, get married, buy a house, get a dog, recommit our faith, pay off all debt, chase & reach our own personal dreams; mine with dancing, his with the Army. Build this life, all doing it in chronological order as to what we believed was “right” and THEN, then we could start our family. And just like any other human would think- we thought we’d start trying & BOOM.. be able to check off MAKE BABY from our list and live our life like we always pictured it.⁣
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But instead, our picture became distorted when God handed us a season of waiting- rather than a season of baby. If I have learned ANYTHING from infertility, it’s that life doesn’t always go according to plan. But maybe sometimes we have to stop worrying, wondering, planning & have faith that things will work out. Maybe not exactly how we pictured it, but just how it’s meant to be.”⁣
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📷: @as_im_waiting⁣
#nestedmag #ttcjourney #infertilityawareness #fertilityjourney
  • “The thing about infertility is it’s never something you plan for, never something you imagine to be apart of your picture. We don’t grow up wondering if we’re going to be able to get pregnant one day.. we just expect it to happen when it’s time-our time, like it’s a guarantee.⁣

    I wrestled with this so much in the beginning of our journey. (And still now- who am I kidding?)⁣
    “This isn’t how it’s supposed to be.”⁣
    “This isn’t fair.”⁣
    “This isn’t how I pictured it.”⁣
    “This isn’t what I deserve.”⁣
    “This isn’t what we planned for.”⁣
    As if I had control over it at all in the first place. I sure thought I did though, let me tell you.⁣

    From the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship we began planning. First, finish school and get our degrees, get married, buy a house, get a dog, recommit our faith, pay off all debt, chase & reach our own personal dreams; mine with dancing, his with the Army. Build this life, all doing it in chronological order as to what we believed was “right” and THEN, then we could start our family. And just like any other human would think- we thought we’d start trying & BOOM.. be able to check off MAKE BABY from our list and live our life like we always pictured it.⁣

    But instead, our picture became distorted when God handed us a season of waiting- rather than a season of baby. If I have learned ANYTHING from infertility, it’s that life doesn’t always go according to plan. But maybe sometimes we have to stop worrying, wondering, planning & have faith that things will work out. Maybe not exactly how we pictured it, but just how it’s meant to be.”⁣

    📷: @as_im_waiting
    #nestedmag #ttcjourney #infertilityawareness #fertilityjourney

  •  702  15  2 hours ago
  • Through my birth with Hattie I had written birth preferences that could be against hospital protocols.
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However as I wrote them down, I reminded myself that this is my body, baby and birth.
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One of those preferences was to have just one vaginal examination, no others. I also wanted minimal conversation with my midwife so I could keep my focus and not get caught up in petty conversation.
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Through my transition stage (the point where we say those precious few words “I can’t do this”), I remember looking at my midwife Gemma and asking her to examine me. I felt I had slipped out of my zone and wanted to gauge how I was doing.
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Gemma looked at me, with a fierce sense of belief for me in her eyes and said “ you don’t need me to examine you, your body is doing exactly what it needs to do and you’ve got this”.
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Just from her words, the look in her eye I just believed again in myself and got back to my zone.
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You see, Gemma did what was best for me. She had read my preferences. She knew from experience that most women will say those words through the translation stage, but she also knew that if she examined me it would have been uncomfortable. Even her touch could have kept me out of my zone and prolonged my labour and jeopardised my baby’s safe and swift journey into the world.
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Who you have with you during the birth of your baby can hugely impact the process. Choose wisely and don’t be afraid to ask to change your care giver.
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#birthchoices #calmbirth #naturalbirth #birthwithoutfear #labor #postpartumbody #pregnancy #childbirth #hypnobirthing #birthstories #birthstory #calmbirth #waterbirth #londonmums #kentmums #kentantenatal #londonantenatal #kgh #gentlebirth #postpartumfood #breastfeedingdiet #breastfeeding #goodfats #postpartum #justhadababy #antenatallondon #antenatalkent
  • Through my birth with Hattie I had written birth preferences that could be against hospital protocols.
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    However as I wrote them down, I reminded myself that this is my body, baby and birth.
    .
    One of those preferences was to have just one vaginal examination, no others. I also wanted minimal conversation with my midwife so I could keep my focus and not get caught up in petty conversation.
    .
    Through my transition stage (the point where we say those precious few words “I can’t do this”), I remember looking at my midwife Gemma and asking her to examine me. I felt I had slipped out of my zone and wanted to gauge how I was doing.
    .
    Gemma looked at me, with a fierce sense of belief for me in her eyes and said “ you don’t need me to examine you, your body is doing exactly what it needs to do and you’ve got this”.
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    Just from her words, the look in her eye I just believed again in myself and got back to my zone.
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    You see, Gemma did what was best for me. She had read my preferences. She knew from experience that most women will say those words through the translation stage, but she also knew that if she examined me it would have been uncomfortable. Even her touch could have kept me out of my zone and prolonged my labour and jeopardised my baby’s safe and swift journey into the world.
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    Who you have with you during the birth of your baby can hugely impact the process. Choose wisely and don’t be afraid to ask to change your care giver.
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    #birthchoices #calmbirth #naturalbirth #birthwithoutfear #labor #postpartumbody #pregnancy #childbirth #hypnobirthing #birthstories #birthstory #calmbirth #waterbirth #londonmums #kentmums #kentantenatal #londonantenatal #kgh #gentlebirth #postpartumfood #breastfeedingdiet #breastfeeding #goodfats #postpartum #justhadababy #antenatallondon #antenatalkent

  •  5  3  2 hours ago
  • Ever wake up feeling so much GRATITUDE it makes you tear up?

Woke up feeling grateful this Sunday for so many things, but mostly for being given these two little girls who call me Mommy and a husband who takes care of us in any way he can. Not taking these 'best days' for granted because I am sure we are living them.

Hubs snapped this just minutes after giving birth and I can remember my JOY everytime I see this picture.

Have a blessed Sunday friends ❤. #thankful
  • Ever wake up feeling so much GRATITUDE it makes you tear up?

    Woke up feeling grateful this Sunday for so many things, but mostly for being given these two little girls who call me Mommy and a husband who takes care of us in any way he can. Not taking these 'best days' for granted because I am sure we are living them.

    Hubs snapped this just minutes after giving birth and I can remember my JOY everytime I see this picture.

    Have a blessed Sunday friends ❤. #thankful

  •  119  13  2 hours ago
  • This has always been one of my favorite blankets. I had taken it out of rotation for awhile, but am considering bringing it back. What do you think?
  • This has always been one of my favorite blankets. I had taken it out of rotation for awhile, but am considering bringing it back. What do you think?

  •  6  2  2 hours ago
  • Cord burning, an alternative to traditional cord clamping/cutting.  This turned the separation of baby from placenta and mom into an event everyone could be involved in. Both her sons held a candle as they celebrated this new baby earthside ❤️
  • Cord burning, an alternative to traditional cord clamping/cutting. This turned the separation of baby from placenta and mom into an event everyone could be involved in. Both her sons held a candle as they celebrated this new baby earthside ❤️

  •  7  3  2 hours ago
  • Amen 🙏 .❤This child of mine is SO AMAZING!!😍😍🙌🙌just look at the difference from birth and now!! From 1 lb 10.1 oz 13.78 inches to 11 lb 15.6oz 22 inches long in 5 and a half months! He's getting so big 😭😭😭😭 He truly amazes me every day❤️
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  • Amen 🙏 .❤This child of mine is SO AMAZING!!😍😍🙌🙌just look at the difference from birth and now!! From 1 lb 10.1 oz 13.78 inches to 11 lb 15.6oz 22 inches long in 5 and a half months! He's getting so big 😭😭😭😭 He truly amazes me every day❤️
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  •  1,509  13  3 hours ago
  • This week, we're going to try something a little different. We're going to tell a story through photos. And the story is one of my favorite kinds to tell-- how a family of two becomes a family of three. ⁠
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#loveatfirstsight #babyfever #birthphotography#birthstory #birthannouncement #newbornbaby #beforeandafter⁠
#birthbecomesher #birth #newborn#birthphotography #takebackpostpartum #lifeafterbirth#looksliikefilm ⁠
#BaltimoreFamilyPhotographer#BaltimoreFamilyPhotography#MarylandFamilyPhotographer#MarylandFamilyPhotography#pixel_kids #childhoodunplugged#letthembelittle #magicofchildhood#candidchildhood#childhoodunplugged#collectingmoments#familytime#BaltimoreFamilyPhotographer #lifeunscripted#inspiremyinstagram #magicmoments⁠
  • This week, we're going to try something a little different. We're going to tell a story through photos. And the story is one of my favorite kinds to tell-- how a family of two becomes a family of three. ⁠
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    #loveatfirstsight #babyfever #birthphotography #birthstory #birthannouncement #newbornbaby #beforeandafter
    #birthbecomesher #birth #newborn#birthphotography #takebackpostpartum #lifeafterbirth#looksliikefilm ⁠
    #BaltimoreFamilyPhotographer#BaltimoreFamilyPhotography#MarylandFamilyPhotographer#MarylandFamilyPhotography#pixel_kids #childhoodunplugged#letthembelittle #magicofchildhood#candidchildhood#childhoodunplugged#collectingmoments#familytime#BaltimoreFamilyPhotographer #lifeunscripted#inspiremyinstagram #magicmoments⁠

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Delilah keeps invading my proof reading with her teething so I’ve just gone ahead and activated the site! If you head to my ‘Hello mamas - first post’, it will give you a bit of context about the blog. I’ve gone live with 4 posts:
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💕 20 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BIRTH
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🍼 15 THINGS I WISH I KNEW WHILE BREASTFEEDING
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💉 MY 2 WEEKS POST C-SECTION
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#labour #birthstory #csection #breastfeeding #mumblog #mumsupport #firstimeparent
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    Delilah keeps invading my proof reading with her teething so I’ve just gone ahead and activated the site! If you head to my ‘Hello mamas - first post’, it will give you a bit of context about the blog. I’ve gone live with 4 posts:
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    💕 20 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BIRTH
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    👶🏼 MY LABOUR STORY
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    #labour #birthstory #csection #breastfeeding #mumblog #mumsupport #firstimeparent

  •  6  0  3 hours ago
  • Posted @withregram • @mabyguazozon It’s just been us since you made me a mama. My other half, my sweetest little friend. Come here my baby, and be my only, for just one moment more. 
This expanding will build us. Make us fuller I know. But when I see you again, you won’t feel as little. So just lay with me, let me rock you slow. Let me thank you my baby, for being the best teacher a mama could know. -MiaCarr ❤️
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Solo hemos sido nosotras desde que me hiciste mamá. Mi otra mitad, mi pequeña amiga más dulce. Ven aquí, mi bebé, y se mi única bebe por un momento más. 
Esta expansión nos construirá y nos completará, lo se. Cuando te vuelva a ver no te sentiré tan pequeña. Así que solo acuéstate conmigo, deja que te acaricie despacio. Déjame agradecerte, mi bebé, por ser la mejor maestra que una madre podría conocer. -MiaCarr ❤️
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  • Posted @withregram@mabyguazozon It’s just been us since you made me a mama. My other half, my sweetest little friend. Come here my baby, and be my only, for just one moment more.
    This expanding will build us. Make us fuller I know. But when I see you again, you won’t feel as little. So just lay with me, let me rock you slow. Let me thank you my baby, for being the best teacher a mama could know. -MiaCarr ❤️
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    Solo hemos sido nosotras desde que me hiciste mamá. Mi otra mitad, mi pequeña amiga más dulce. Ven aquí, mi bebé, y se mi única bebe por un momento más.
    Esta expansión nos construirá y nos completará, lo se. Cuando te vuelva a ver no te sentiré tan pequeña. Así que solo acuéstate conmigo, deja que te acaricie despacio. Déjame agradecerte, mi bebé, por ser la mejor maestra que una madre podría conocer. -MiaCarr ❤️
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  • 🥰 GIVEAWAY! 🥰
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Fancy a copy of my book ahead of its official launch? 🤩 I’m giving one away because the wind has finally stopped howling and sun is shining! ☀️
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The winner of the giveaway will receive a signed copy of my book ‘One Way or Another: An A-Z of Real Birth Journeys’ 📚 In this collection of birth stories, parents recall not just the physiological events of childbirth, but their emotional journeys - how they felt from the twinge of that first contraction to those first hugs with their new arrivals. These stories explore - anonymously, honestly, and just for you - labour's highs, lows, and everything in-betweens. Without considering what is or isn't appropriate to share. Without interruption. And with a frank openness that exposes a kaleidoscopic snapshot of childbirth in all its crowning glory 👑🐣👑
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To enter this giveaway...
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  • 🥰 GIVEAWAY! 🥰
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    Fancy a copy of my book ahead of its official launch? 🤩 I’m giving one away because the wind has finally stopped howling and sun is shining! ☀️
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    The winner of the giveaway will receive a signed copy of my book ‘One Way or Another: An A-Z of Real Birth Journeys’ 📚 In this collection of birth stories, parents recall not just the physiological events of childbirth, but their emotional journeys - how they felt from the twinge of that first contraction to those first hugs with their new arrivals. These stories explore - anonymously, honestly, and just for you - labour's highs, lows, and everything in-betweens. Without considering what is or isn't appropriate to share. Without interruption. And with a frank openness that exposes a kaleidoscopic snapshot of childbirth in all its crowning glory 👑🐣👑
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    To enter this giveaway...
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    🔴 Like this post.
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  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. #babyem
  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. #babyem

  •  2  1  5 hours ago
  • Studies have shown that maternal responsiveness has a protective effect on the development of low-birth-weight infants, decreasing problems such as social anxiety and depressive mood. Whilst responsive relationships are important to a child’s health and development, an absence of such parenting may have a negative impact, particularly in toddlers. Clearly there may be circumstances and situations in which we are unable to immediately respond to the everyday needs of toddlers and so parents shouldn’t overly worry about not being at their toddler’s constant beck and call.
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#babyem #learnwithbabyem #childcare #childminder #sleepregression #maternity #maternitynurse #empowered #childbirth #empoweredbirthproject #doula #midwife #empoweredbirth #birth #birthstory #pregnant #csection #hospitalbirth #medicatedbirth #womenarepowerful #wearestrong #uncensoredbirth #birthwithoutfear #nannies #OCN
  • Studies have shown that maternal responsiveness has a protective effect on the development of low-birth-weight infants, decreasing problems such as social anxiety and depressive mood. Whilst responsive relationships are important to a child’s health and development, an absence of such parenting may have a negative impact, particularly in toddlers. Clearly there may be circumstances and situations in which we are unable to immediately respond to the everyday needs of toddlers and so parents shouldn’t overly worry about not being at their toddler’s constant beck and call.
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  •  10  0  5 hours ago
  • I've had quite a few messages over the passed few months wondering what happened during my pregnancy, why I spent so much time in hospital ect. I thought I'd do a post regarding this to help answer any questions you may have.

Pregnancy was a breeze, up until 28 weeks. I went into be assessed and I noticed every time I went for a wee it was only blood. I was scared, I had no idea what was happening as we all know that it isn't normal. Anyhow after being checked the bleeding was dismissed and I was sent home, I wasn't happy. The blood in my urine continued for around a week. I was the admitted to hospital when they did some checks on my kidney as I was in immense amount of pain. My darling little boy was sitting on my kidney, literally crushing it. We all know he was too little to have been born then so we had to find a suitable form of pain relief to help until it was safe to deliver.

After weeks and weeks in & out of hospital, a near nefrostimy operation (I think I spelt it right) I had an MRI and was told everything was getting better. The more he moved down into my cervix the less he was on my kidney in turn relieving the pain. 
At 32 weeks, the crippling pain returned, this time worse. I was tired, stressed, in pain and this whole situation was taking it's toll on my mental health which I'd never suffered with prior. Another scan concludes he has moved off my kidney but was now lay against the tube of my kidney restricting urine from passing which had then turned into crystals. I was admitted again, for a long time..and released with a induction date at 38 weeks to get him out. 
38 weeks arrived and I honestly can't tell you of the relief after birth of him not being on my kidney anymore. Few weeks after I had some pains but nothing in comparison and now I'm currently awaiting back from the hospital to see if I have to have futher checks on my kidney for damages that may effect me long term. 
Pregnancy can be HARD but my god it is so worth it when it's over and you are holding a little miracle in your arms! 💖

#pregnancy #bump #baby #newborn #love #birth #birthstory #instagram #instapregnancy #f4f #mystory #happy #miracle #family #women #blogger #mummy
  • I've had quite a few messages over the passed few months wondering what happened during my pregnancy, why I spent so much time in hospital ect. I thought I'd do a post regarding this to help answer any questions you may have.

    Pregnancy was a breeze, up until 28 weeks. I went into be assessed and I noticed every time I went for a wee it was only blood. I was scared, I had no idea what was happening as we all know that it isn't normal. Anyhow after being checked the bleeding was dismissed and I was sent home, I wasn't happy. The blood in my urine continued for around a week. I was the admitted to hospital when they did some checks on my kidney as I was in immense amount of pain. My darling little boy was sitting on my kidney, literally crushing it. We all know he was too little to have been born then so we had to find a suitable form of pain relief to help until it was safe to deliver.

    After weeks and weeks in & out of hospital, a near nefrostimy operation (I think I spelt it right) I had an MRI and was told everything was getting better. The more he moved down into my cervix the less he was on my kidney in turn relieving the pain.
    At 32 weeks, the crippling pain returned, this time worse. I was tired, stressed, in pain and this whole situation was taking it's toll on my mental health which I'd never suffered with prior. Another scan concludes he has moved off my kidney but was now lay against the tube of my kidney restricting urine from passing which had then turned into crystals. I was admitted again, for a long time..and released with a induction date at 38 weeks to get him out.
    38 weeks arrived and I honestly can't tell you of the relief after birth of him not being on my kidney anymore. Few weeks after I had some pains but nothing in comparison and now I'm currently awaiting back from the hospital to see if I have to have futher checks on my kidney for damages that may effect me long term.
    Pregnancy can be HARD but my god it is so worth it when it's over and you are holding a little miracle in your arms! 💖

    #pregnancy #bump #baby #newborn #love #birth #birthstory #instagram #instapregnancy #f4f #mystory #happy #miracle #family #women #blogger #mummy

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  • I have a new post up! My labour story. Can't believe almost 6 weeks have passed by since this moment! Link is in my bio to read, 😘
Also knowing I was being induced I naively thought it would be quite quick as it was with Jacob so I had makeup on and contacts in for the first picture - almost 48 hours later makeup was off, glasses on, hair tied up, I look like I have a mullet, my boob is hanging out and I literally couldn't care less. Love you little man, and i love our first moment together.
  • I have a new post up! My labour story. Can't believe almost 6 weeks have passed by since this moment! Link is in my bio to read, 😘
    Also knowing I was being induced I naively thought it would be quite quick as it was with Jacob so I had makeup on and contacts in for the first picture - almost 48 hours later makeup was off, glasses on, hair tied up, I look like I have a mullet, my boob is hanging out and I literally couldn't care less. Love you little man, and i love our first moment together.

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  • I recently spoke to a mum post-birth during taking some surveys for Maternity Voices and when I asked a lady when she birthed her baby, she answered...⠀
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"I didn't birth my baby, but I had a cesarean..."⠀
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It was so upsetting to see a mother thinking that she didn't birth her baby because she had a cesarean and so I explained that she very much did! She had a major operation in order for her baby to arrive safely, and this should never be seen as anything less!⠀
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When I talk to my pregnant clients about birth, I always explain that natural means natural for them; whether that's a vaginal, assisted or cesarean birth! We're fortunate to live in a country where we have an amazing health service, saving women and babies' lives every day, no mother should apologise for that!⠀
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This is a great affirmation for those due to give birth soon ❤⠀
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#cesareanbirth #cesareanbirthisbirth #cesareanwithoutfear #cesareansection #cesareanawareness #csection  #csectionbirth #csectionmama #csectionawareness #birthright #birthstory #birthchoicesmatter #birthchoices #waterbirth #cesarean #homebirth #twinbirth #hospitalbirth #naturalbirth #naturalbirthing #pregnancyaffirmation #affirmationsdaily #birthaffirmations #postnataldepression #motherhood #mother #mum #mumhood #pregnant
  • I recently spoke to a mum post-birth during taking some surveys for Maternity Voices and when I asked a lady when she birthed her baby, she answered...⠀

    "I didn't birth my baby, but I had a cesarean..."⠀

    It was so upsetting to see a mother thinking that she didn't birth her baby because she had a cesarean and so I explained that she very much did! She had a major operation in order for her baby to arrive safely, and this should never be seen as anything less!⠀

    When I talk to my pregnant clients about birth, I always explain that natural means natural for them; whether that's a vaginal, assisted or cesarean birth! We're fortunate to live in a country where we have an amazing health service, saving women and babies' lives every day, no mother should apologise for that!⠀

    This is a great affirmation for those due to give birth soon ❤⠀

    #cesareanbirth #cesareanbirthisbirth #cesareanwithoutfear #cesareansection #cesareanawareness #csection #csectionbirth #csectionmama #csectionawareness #birthright #birthstory #birthchoicesmatter #birthchoices #waterbirth #cesarean #homebirth #twinbirth #hospitalbirth #naturalbirth #naturalbirthing #pregnancyaffirmation #affirmationsdaily #birthaffirmations #postnataldepression #motherhood #mother #mum #mumhood #pregnant

  •  9  0  8 hours ago
  • Yes, these are just 3 of the many things I've had said to me over the years, because all 3 of my boys were born via caesarean section.
One of the worst has to be "your don't know what labour feels like" and "at least you wont be in pain" 😂
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First of all, it's not the "easy way out"  as some people like to put it.  Not being able to walk for days after having your baby, not being able to leave hospital as quickly as everyone else, not being able to lift anything heavier than your newborn for 6 weeks, the massive scar, the after pains, you can't laugh, sneeze, cough or move in general without being in agony for up to 12 weeks. That's how I was anyway.
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I had my first csection in 2009. I was just 2 months from turning 19 years old. I had a 3 day labour, contractions every 3 minutes, lasting a minute and a half each time. For three full days. With only gas & air as my pain relief. (I was very stubborn and determined to feel exactly what it was like to have a baby, with minimal pain relief). But when nothing progressed & I didn't dilate, my babys heartbeat slowed way down, I had no other choice than to have an emergency csection. My second baby was born within  2 years of my first, and this time my consultant insisted on a scheduled section, to avoid the same trauma of my last labour happening, as not dilating, even with the help of oxytocin didn't help me. Having a planned date and time didn't make it any easier second time round. I was shaking so uncontrollably that 3 midwives had to hold me still so I could have my spinal epidural administered. Fast forward 8 years, section number 3. I was just as nervous, shaking, vomiting and in tears,this was just me being wheeled into theatre.  Not to mention the back pain after 3 spinal epidurals, the huge part of my back that's now numb & stings every so often. Oh and the massive scar! I have to say my last surgeon done an incredible job with my scar last march though, he tidied my 2 previous scars, and his incision this time was very minimal. He made one small neat line, that's healed brilliantly and has almost disappeared in less than a year,which I'm forever grateful for. #everycloud 💉👶🏻💙
  • Yes, these are just 3 of the many things I've had said to me over the years, because all 3 of my boys were born via caesarean section.
    One of the worst has to be "your don't know what labour feels like" and "at least you wont be in pain" 😂
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    First of all, it's not the "easy way out" as some people like to put it. Not being able to walk for days after having your baby, not being able to leave hospital as quickly as everyone else, not being able to lift anything heavier than your newborn for 6 weeks, the massive scar, the after pains, you can't laugh, sneeze, cough or move in general without being in agony for up to 12 weeks. That's how I was anyway.
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    I had my first csection in 2009. I was just 2 months from turning 19 years old. I had a 3 day labour, contractions every 3 minutes, lasting a minute and a half each time. For three full days. With only gas & air as my pain relief. (I was very stubborn and determined to feel exactly what it was like to have a baby, with minimal pain relief). But when nothing progressed & I didn't dilate, my babys heartbeat slowed way down, I had no other choice than to have an emergency csection. My second baby was born within 2 years of my first, and this time my consultant insisted on a scheduled section, to avoid the same trauma of my last labour happening, as not dilating, even with the help of oxytocin didn't help me. Having a planned date and time didn't make it any easier second time round. I was shaking so uncontrollably that 3 midwives had to hold me still so I could have my spinal epidural administered. Fast forward 8 years, section number 3. I was just as nervous, shaking, vomiting and in tears,this was just me being wheeled into theatre. Not to mention the back pain after 3 spinal epidurals, the huge part of my back that's now numb & stings every so often. Oh and the massive scar! I have to say my last surgeon done an incredible job with my scar last march though, he tidied my 2 previous scars, and his incision this time was very minimal. He made one small neat line, that's healed brilliantly and has almost disappeared in less than a year,which I'm forever grateful for. #everycloud 💉👶🏻💙

  •  27  20  8 hours ago

Top #birthstory Posts

  • I had a natural child birth, but not by choice.
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Not to prove anything. Not to feel myself in the experience. Not to avoid drugs. But simply to survive.
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Somehow when faced with the option of fight or flight, I chose both. I chose to fight for the little human inside of me, in an effort to get him out as quickly as possible with minimal interventions. And as I was staying present to fight for him, I let myself take flight. I flew away from the fear, the pain, the grief that had already set in, the trauma that would inevitably follow.
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Like so many women, my birth experience was unexpected and completely out of body, out of mind, out of control. It’s only because of the fire inside of me that I was able to endure hell.
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#childbirth #birth #birthexperience #naturalchildbirth #birthintervention #39weeks #hospitalbirth #vacuumassisteddelivery #placentaabruption #placentaabruptionsurvivors #mybirthstory #birthstory #reallife #rawmoment #rainbowbaby #birthtrauma #birthtraumarecovery #birthtraumahealing #birthtraumaawareness #boymama #motherhood
  • I had a natural child birth, but not by choice.
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    Not to prove anything. Not to feel myself in the experience. Not to avoid drugs. But simply to survive.
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    Somehow when faced with the option of fight or flight, I chose both. I chose to fight for the little human inside of me, in an effort to get him out as quickly as possible with minimal interventions. And as I was staying present to fight for him, I let myself take flight. I flew away from the fear, the pain, the grief that had already set in, the trauma that would inevitably follow.
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    Like so many women, my birth experience was unexpected and completely out of body, out of mind, out of control. It’s only because of the fire inside of me that I was able to endure hell.
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    #childbirth #birth #birthexperience #naturalchildbirth #birthintervention #39weeks #hospitalbirth #vacuumassisteddelivery #placentaabruption #placentaabruptionsurvivors #mybirthstory #birthstory #reallife #rawmoment #rainbowbaby #birthtrauma #birthtraumarecovery #birthtraumahealing #birthtraumaawareness #boymama #motherhood

  •  160  39  21 February, 2020
  • GOLDEN HOUR // ✨.
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When people say “every labour is different” - they really aren’t lying. With Teddy I was in labour for 55 hours, then induced to speed things up, in theatre for forceps and suffered a haemorrhage. It took me a few days to come to terms with what had actually happened & it took me a lot longer to feel remotely “normal” in my body.
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With Oliver? Contractions started at 1am & he was born at 8am, we only arrived at hospital 40 minutes before he was born. We didn’t even bother getting bags out the car because I presumed they’d be sending me home 🤷🏻‍♀️. I was fully dilated and trying not to push in the hospital car park! I enjoyed the loveliest skin to skin, he had his first feed and then I was up showering and felt amazing!.
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Don’t get me wrong the fact this labour was so incredibly different was a huge shock to the system and I remember shouting whilst I was pushing “I can’t do it - I need longer!” 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 I also apparently shouted “oh my god it’s fucking burning!” - ring of fire is no joke lads. .
I had prepared myself for the same labour as Teddy & accepted that was the way it was going to be, but clearly Oliver was in much more of a rush - two days early & speedy entrance - kid doesn’t hang about 😍💙.
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#OliverHudsonCope #labourstory #deliverystory #birthstory #secondbaby #babyboylove #goldenhour #skintoskin #skintoskinbonding #fourdaysold #fourdayspostpartum #newbabyboy
  • GOLDEN HOUR // ✨.
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    When people say “every labour is different” - they really aren’t lying. With Teddy I was in labour for 55 hours, then induced to speed things up, in theatre for forceps and suffered a haemorrhage. It took me a few days to come to terms with what had actually happened & it took me a lot longer to feel remotely “normal” in my body.
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    With Oliver? Contractions started at 1am & he was born at 8am, we only arrived at hospital 40 minutes before he was born. We didn’t even bother getting bags out the car because I presumed they’d be sending me home 🤷🏻‍♀️. I was fully dilated and trying not to push in the hospital car park! I enjoyed the loveliest skin to skin, he had his first feed and then I was up showering and felt amazing!.
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    Don’t get me wrong the fact this labour was so incredibly different was a huge shock to the system and I remember shouting whilst I was pushing “I can’t do it - I need longer!” 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 I also apparently shouted “oh my god it’s fucking burning!” - ring of fire is no joke lads. .
    I had prepared myself for the same labour as Teddy & accepted that was the way it was going to be, but clearly Oliver was in much more of a rush - two days early & speedy entrance - kid doesn’t hang about 😍💙.
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    #OliverHudsonCope #labourstory #deliverystory #birthstory #secondbaby #babyboylove #goldenhour #skintoskin #skintoskinbonding #fourdaysold #fourdayspostpartum #newbabyboy

  •  176  23  22 February, 2020
  • ✨Channeling Divine Energy✨
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I absolutely love this picture. There’s something about it that instantly calms me. I haven’t been through it myself yet but I can imagine that some women feel so much fear, anxiety and stress when they are in labor. ⁣
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But we have to remember the strong, undeniable connection we have to our bodies and that we were made for this. This picture portrays a woman who is allowing all those fears to go away with every exhale she takes. A woman who allows instinct to take over! ⁣
⁣There’s so much power that comes with letting go, staying present and breathing through it. ✨Continue moving, continue breathing. Inhale openness, exhale fear. ⁣
📷: @yogamamma.oslo & @evarosebirth they have such beautiful pictures, definitely check them out! 💕
  • ✨Channeling Divine Energy✨

    I absolutely love this picture. There’s something about it that instantly calms me. I haven’t been through it myself yet but I can imagine that some women feel so much fear, anxiety and stress when they are in labor. ⁣

    But we have to remember the strong, undeniable connection we have to our bodies and that we were made for this. This picture portrays a woman who is allowing all those fears to go away with every exhale she takes. A woman who allows instinct to take over! ⁣
    ⁣There’s so much power that comes with letting go, staying present and breathing through it. ✨Continue moving, continue breathing. Inhale openness, exhale fear. ⁣
    📷: @yogamamma.oslo & @evarosebirth they have such beautiful pictures, definitely check them out! 💕

  •  170  4  21 February, 2020
  • 🤱🏻 He’s here!! Meet Baby KB Eng, born Friday, February 7 at 9 lbs 4 ounces!
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After over 40 weeks of feeling flutters and kicks on the inside, he is everything and more than I imagined him to be on the outside. 👶🏻 I feel truly blessed to be his mama.
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I’m not going to lie, labor and delivery was not easy. But the whole time I had my wonderful husband Kelvin by my side supporting me in every way, and as a result we get to enjoy the miracle that we made together!
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The past week and a half has been a challenge getting into a routine and adjusting to breastfeeding round the clock, diaper changes, and recovery. The struggle was def real in the days after we were discharged from the hospital but we are doing so well now! Kelvin and I learned so much about each other in the process, learned the strength of teamwork, and have bonded so much as we care for this tiny human that we made together.
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I would love to hear some newborn advice if you have any great tips: newborn sleeping, diaper rashes, cluster feeding, and swaddling (my baby hates it! lol) have been some of my challenges! And lmk if you want me to share my birth story!
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PS Thank you Auntie V for my going home outfit! @thevidamethod #loveatfirstsight #newbornboy #babyfever #birthphotography #birthstory #birthannouncement #babyboy #itsaboy #newbornbaby #babykbeng #beforeandafter
  • 🤱🏻 He’s here!! Meet Baby KB Eng, born Friday, February 7 at 9 lbs 4 ounces!
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    After over 40 weeks of feeling flutters and kicks on the inside, he is everything and more than I imagined him to be on the outside. 👶🏻 I feel truly blessed to be his mama.
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    I’m not going to lie, labor and delivery was not easy. But the whole time I had my wonderful husband Kelvin by my side supporting me in every way, and as a result we get to enjoy the miracle that we made together!
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    The past week and a half has been a challenge getting into a routine and adjusting to breastfeeding round the clock, diaper changes, and recovery. The struggle was def real in the days after we were discharged from the hospital but we are doing so well now! Kelvin and I learned so much about each other in the process, learned the strength of teamwork, and have bonded so much as we care for this tiny human that we made together.
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    I would love to hear some newborn advice if you have any great tips: newborn sleeping, diaper rashes, cluster feeding, and swaddling (my baby hates it! lol) have been some of my challenges! And lmk if you want me to share my birth story!
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    PS Thank you Auntie V for my going home outfit! @thevidamethod #loveatfirstsight #newbornboy #babyfever #birthphotography #birthstory #birthannouncement #babyboy #itsaboy #newbornbaby #babykbeng #beforeandafter

  •  11,942  474  18 February, 2020
  • Welp 16 months later and I decided to blog my birth story 🤣🙈 ⠀
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Better late than never, am I right?! I meant to share this story like forever ago, but blogging is something that I’m really trying to do more of now so I thought I would share this special and crazy story with you all. Head over to my website (link in bio) and check it out 🥰 reliving this day by writing about it, has brought up ALL the feels again! I can’t believe my baby is not so much a baby anymore and is growing so fast. Let me know what y’all think!
  • Welp 16 months later and I decided to blog my birth story 🤣🙈 ⠀

    Better late than never, am I right?! I meant to share this story like forever ago, but blogging is something that I’m really trying to do more of now so I thought I would share this special and crazy story with you all. Head over to my website (link in bio) and check it out 🥰 reliving this day by writing about it, has brought up ALL the feels again! I can’t believe my baby is not so much a baby anymore and is growing so fast. Let me know what y’all think!

  •  142  16  11 February, 2020
  • Saturday morning snuggles. Milk drunk babe. Snuggly pup. Hubby talking about coffee. 🤍
  • Saturday morning snuggles. Milk drunk babe. Snuggly pup. Hubby talking about coffee. 🤍

  •  159  4  22 February, 2020
  • Couldn't have asked for a better Valentine's Day gift than this one. Our little Celine made her entrance at 4:08 pm yesterday and we've all fallen in love ❤. This is pure joy my friends. Mama is doing well-- just a bit tired from nighttime feedings 😅. Wishing you all a beautiful day of love ❤
 #valentinesbaby
  • Couldn't have asked for a better Valentine's Day gift than this one. Our little Celine made her entrance at 4:08 pm yesterday and we've all fallen in love ❤. This is pure joy my friends. Mama is doing well-- just a bit tired from nighttime feedings 😅. Wishing you all a beautiful day of love ❤
    #valentinesbaby

  •  510  92  14 February, 2020
  • This photo was taken moments after this little one was born, I couldn’t see him but people kept on saying how smiley he was, I thought maybe it was an expression because of course newborns don’t smile... well this little pickle does! The happiest little soul from the moment he was born and he hasn’t stopped being a little ray of sunshine since ☀️☺️🌎 .
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#newborn #baby #babyboy #firstmoments #precious #birthstory #birth #csection #smile #son #mumofboys #smiles #motherhood #parenting #dot
  • This photo was taken moments after this little one was born, I couldn’t see him but people kept on saying how smiley he was, I thought maybe it was an expression because of course newborns don’t smile... well this little pickle does! The happiest little soul from the moment he was born and he hasn’t stopped being a little ray of sunshine since ☀️☺️🌎 .
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    #newborn #baby #babyboy #firstmoments #precious #birthstory #birth #csection #smile #son #mumofboys #smiles #motherhood #parenting #dot

  •  692  96  10 February, 2020
  • I only held you for a minute before they rushed you away.
This #throwbackthursday confronts the fear of this happening again. I’ve had to stay incredibly intentional throughout this pregnancy to remain hopeful. I feel like God put that word (hope) on my heart from the very beginning. Every moment of fear that has risen up, I’ve had to attack with hope. And as the weeks wind down toward the inevitable meeting of our little guy, I’m having to constantly stare fear in the face and choose hope. I know no two birth experiences are the same, and yet after the trauma that followed Estelle’s birth I’ve struggled to imagine things going any other way. I had so many dreams about meeting Estelle. I had beautiful visions of those first moments with her. Visions of studying the precious little face we had only imagined for 9 months. Visions of cuddling her close, and basking in that indescribable bliss with Devon- one of the most intimate moments a couple can share. Visions of Ella and Clifford bouncing into the room, beaming with excitement to meet their new sister. But then each moment that passed took those visions one by one, until her birth story became one of the nightmares you hear about, but never dream will happen to you. 
I want to go into this next labor with fresh expectations. I’ve been praying, and reading, and trying to stay centered in hope. All my fellow mamas that have been through this before, did you struggle with this too? What helped you as your due date approached? I would love your insight 🤍
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#hope #birthstory #pregnancy #birthtauma #nicu #faithoverfear
  • I only held you for a minute before they rushed you away.
    This #throwbackthursday confronts the fear of this happening again. I’ve had to stay incredibly intentional throughout this pregnancy to remain hopeful. I feel like God put that word (hope) on my heart from the very beginning. Every moment of fear that has risen up, I’ve had to attack with hope. And as the weeks wind down toward the inevitable meeting of our little guy, I’m having to constantly stare fear in the face and choose hope. I know no two birth experiences are the same, and yet after the trauma that followed Estelle’s birth I’ve struggled to imagine things going any other way. I had so many dreams about meeting Estelle. I had beautiful visions of those first moments with her. Visions of studying the precious little face we had only imagined for 9 months. Visions of cuddling her close, and basking in that indescribable bliss with Devon- one of the most intimate moments a couple can share. Visions of Ella and Clifford bouncing into the room, beaming with excitement to meet their new sister. But then each moment that passed took those visions one by one, until her birth story became one of the nightmares you hear about, but never dream will happen to you.
    I want to go into this next labor with fresh expectations. I’ve been praying, and reading, and trying to stay centered in hope. All my fellow mamas that have been through this before, did you struggle with this too? What helped you as your due date approached? I would love your insight 🤍
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