A while back I stumbled upon a group of women sharing their birth stories. I was intrigued - natural births, surgical births, planned & unplanned home-births, planned & unplanned unassisted births (I never even knew "planned unassisted" was a thing?!) I shared in the joy when a healthy, new baby was born. I mourned with and prayed for the ones who didn't have happy endings. Each story was unique. Some women felt empowered; others traumatized. It seems where you give birth can affect how you give birth. A few times a story containing a breech birth would appear, and those would strike a nerve. My #5 was breech.
Then I paused. I had already written a ton about the adoptions of #4 S and #6 DK. Now I had #5 & #7's stories done. How could I leave out #1, 2, & 3? So, even though they were years ago, we broke out the baby books, memory boxes, & old photos, and took a trip done memory lane. The kids & I really enjoyed it! 😄 In fact, I'd encourage any mom to do the same! So if something doesn't make sense, it may be bc I wrote them in the following order: #4, 6, 5, 7, 1, 2, 3.
Fyi, I have no medical background, so don't take these as expert advice. I started out clueless (yet oddly confident), learned bits & pieces along the way, and now I'm slightly-less-clueless. 😜 Seriously, the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.
Oh, and these are birth stories, meaning you may find some aspects "gross." I attempted to toe the line between authentic & tmi. They could have been much "grosser"! Reader discretion is advised. 😉
Finally, even though I've mentioned it once or twice within these stories, I feel I must reiterate: None of this is meant to be criticism or judgement towards those who've chosen differently. These are just my experiences/opinions.
Thanks for visiting, -Becky