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These positive birth stories for first time moms will inspire you and have you looking forward to labor!
Are you looking to read positive birth stories for first time moms? I remember going to the hospital to have my daughter like it was yesterday. Leading up to my daughter’s delivery I felt so many different emotions. I was excited to get to meet her FINALLY. I was scared because this was a completely new experience. I was nervous about having a scheduled induction. Whether you are going to have a natural birth, planned cesarean, water birth, hospital birth, or an at-home birth, you will appreciate hearing positive birth stories for first time moms.
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms
We often hear about new mamas’ challenges and struggles during labor. We don’t usually hear positive birth stories for first time moms. When I was gearing up for labor I was all for hearing a positive birth story! I have asked other mamas to share their experiences. I am also sharing my really positive experience!
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms #1: Right On Time
Elena from ABC Baby Life shares, “My first delivery started right on my due date, which was surprising. I always thought that it was very unlikely to happen precisely that day. My waters broke around 6 am, but I didn’t have any contractions at that moment. The message I got from my prenatal classes was only to rush to the hospital if I started having regular contractions every 5 minutes. Since I wasn’t having any, I decided to get up, shower, and organize my place before the hospital’s departure. I also cleaned the house and exercised, hoping my contractions would eventually come. By 2 pm, they were still not there, but with my hubby, we headed for the hospital.
After being examined, the doctor advised me to walk around the hospital. I did that for another couple of hours, but my contractions were still not there. Around 10 pm that day, I was induced with oxytocin. This time it worked. After only 15-20 minutes, I started to have regular contractions every 3 minutes. After 15 minutes, they became every 2 minutes, and after an hour, I had regular contractions every minute, which was quite intense. After 4 hours of contractions, I decided to take the epidural-one of the best decisions I made in my life. While the needle was scary, I almost felt no pain. Once I got the epidural, the whole delivery process changed completely.
Finally, I was enjoying the process instead of being in enormous pain. By 5 am, I was fully dilated, and the final phase had come-I needed to push. Lucky I, this part lasted no more than 10 minutes. While starting my third push, the doctor told me – STOP! He asked me if I wanted to get my baby myself. I said yes. We both pulled up my daughter, and I placed her on my naked chess. That was one of my life’s most exciting and memorable moments. She was perfect and, most importantly, perfectly healthy.”
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms #2: Do What Makes You Comfortable
Katie from KT Likes Coffee shares, “I feel so fortunate to have had such a positive birth experience as a first-time mom. I knew going into this that I wanted to have an epidural, so that took a lot of the fear away for me. I think the most important thing about giving birth is really knowing yourself, and I know my body and how I handle pain so I knew having an epidural was something I wanted.
While I understand an epidural is not for everyone, what was great about the epidural was I was really able to enjoy giving birth. I felt every indication when it was time to push, I could tell what I needed to do, but I didn’t feel any pain (just an immense amount of pressure). After talking with other moms who had epidurals, I know that is not always the case for everyone, but I think going to the large, well-respected hospital that I did and knowing when I needed to receive the epidural helped (I got it at about 4-5 cm dilated).
My advice for any first-time mom giving birth is to do research and learn about your body if you don’t already know it. Know what you are comfortable with, and know what you can handle (both mentally and physically). Because there is no right or wrong way to give birth.”
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms #3: Home Birth Story
Rachel Nelson from Approaching Home shares, “My first birth was absolutely wonderful. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t intense at some moments, but it was life-changing and empowering in every way I hoped it would be. After a lot of research, I chose to have a home birth with a professional midwife. I read a lot of books and prepared myself mentally and emotionally for months before my birth.
I chose to not know the gender of my baby which gave me an extra hint to look forward to and help me through the labor. My labor was 9 hours long and my baby was born in the water in an inflatable tub in my kitchen. The moment I saw her for the first time I burst into tears and felt like I had conquered the world! It was simply miraculous. Being a first time mom was hard, but choosing a blissful and peaceful home birth set it off on the right foot for sure. My confidence as a mother grew from that point on.”
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms #4: Have A Good Support Person
Trista from Messy Mama Nest shares, “Birth is hard. If anyone tells you differently, I would take it with a grain of salt. However, there are many things you can do to make sure your birth is a positive one. Things happen and it’s best to be prepared, whether that means knowing what you are wanting at that moment when things shift or being willing to go with the flow.
The best thing about my birth was my husband. He was my “dude-la” He stepped up and advocated for my wishes and desires in those moments I couldn’t. I had long labors and between my dude-la and my midwife, they were able to comfort me and be my cheerleaders when I needed it most.
My husband set up our birthing room (mind you, it was in a hospital room) with things that felt like home, like a tapestry in the window, my favorite blanket and pillow, and even my salt lamp. He put together a labor music mix that also helped immensely. If I were to say the most positive things about my birth were my support team, feeling comfortable and safe, and having someone take pictures and videos of the birth and after. You can do it, mama, trust your body and trust your baby!”
Positive Birth Stories For First Time Moms #5: Positive Induction
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my daughter. Even though it was pretty well controlled, I was scheduled for an induction at 39 weeks. Most mamas do not want to have to go through an induction, which is why I felt nervous going into mine. Quite honestly, I was not super happy to be told I’d need to have an induction. This was my first baby. I had no idea what to expect.
I arrived at the hospital on the morning of December 29th. I was given Cervidil and that was a slow process. Finally, I was given Pitocin, and that really expedited labor. As the contractions grew more frequent and stronger, I recalled the breathing techniques I learned in my birth class. I also opted for the epidural!
I was in active labor for 35 minutes, which is amazing for a first-time mom! There was no turning back. I stayed the course. In 35 fast minutes, my beautiful baby girl was born. I remember thinking that we are parents to the most beautiful and healthy baby. It was all totally worth it. The first moment you meet your child, you are flooded with love. The love you have for your child is indescribable. I am so ready for my second time!
Hopefully, these positive birth stories for first time moms have you feeling so ready for labor! You’ve got this.