Birth Without Fear

An RN’s Natural Hospital Birth {The Birth Story of Natalie Jadis}

April 14, 2014

My estimated due date was Dec. 3, 2012.  That came and went.  My 3 year old son, “W” and I found lots of activities to keep us busy, since I was officially on maternity leave from work.  We played in the fresh foot of Wisconsin snow; we went swimming and even went sledding December 12th.  […]

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An Open Letter to Birth Without Fear

April 9, 2014

At Birth Without Fear, we receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis. Many of them are birth stories, to which we say: squeee! Some of them are spam, to which we say: didn’t I create a filter for you? Some of them are hate mail, to which we say: Thank you for your feedback? And, also, […]

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Unintended Unassisted and Completely Peaceful

April 7, 2014

Veronika shares this story of her unintended unassisted home birth… and what it was like to nurse her toddler during early labour. “My darling Penelope Green, this is the story of your birth… It was a hot day on July 19th, I was 41 weeks and four days pregnant with you. I had been having […]

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I Am Strong {Because I Am A Mom}

March 18, 2014

I am strong because I got pregnant after being married for only a few months. I was told I would never be able to carry a baby inside my womb and it live. I am strong because I prayed for my child every night. Because I had three previous miscarriages because of my unique issues. I […]

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Self Love Movement is Not an Excuse…

March 14, 2014

People are talking more and more about self love, self acceptance, and body positivity. And it’s awesome. It truly is. The world will be better for it. There are, however, people who are anti-self love. Yes, you read that right. There are people who get upset with people loving themselves. Let me give you an […]

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Infertility, Homebirth, Tongue Tie {I Am Strong}

March 13, 2014

I am strong because after two years of marriage, my husband and I were diagnosed with infertility so severe we’re unlikely to ever conceive a child naturally. I am strong because I was told we’d need in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive a child: a costly ($10,000-$15,000) procedure that is only successful in fewer than 30% […]

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The Best Laid Plans Often Go Astray {I Am Strong}

March 12, 2014

“The best laid plans often go astray”. Those words couldn’t be truer when it comes to the pregnancy and birth of my second son, Daxton. In October of 2012, Matt and I made a huge decision – we were going to move to Texas. Both of our families lived on the west coast, in California […]

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A Healing Birth {Learning To Trust My Body}

March 11, 2014

A good way to start any story is with a little background. So I will start by telling a brief story of the birth of my first and hospital experience. When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I did not know much about, well, anything! Especially not birth. I have always been […]

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Premature Birth at 32 Weeks {A Healthy Baby Boy!}

March 11, 2014

Janita shares this inspiring story of her son’s premature birth at 32 weeks – and her commitment to breastfeeding. “On the morning of the 22nd April at 6.30am, at exactly 32 weeks pregnant, our adventure started. I was woken by a distinct ”pop” sensation and a small amount of liquid. Since I was still half […]

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A Cesarean for Breech Baby, Jaundice and PND

March 11, 2014

At our 19 week scan, the sonographer found that our son, J’s, nuchal fold was more prominent than it should be. She also found the left brain ventricle to be larger than the other. These, we discovered, were soft markers for some chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, and it may have indicated J having […]

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