For a first time parent, the idea of giving birth can be really scary. Even for a second or third time parent, the fear lingers, as every birth is unique. Some go smoothly, some have hiccups. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re almost impossible to prepare for. Often, despite your best laid birth plan, your baby has their own ideas about how the birth is going to go. Reading other people’s birth stories can be a great way to get a feeling for the array of experiences that accompany giving birth.
Whether your birth plan was followed to the T, you had an emergency C-section, you opted for an epidural, or you gave birth at home, each story is beautiful in its own right and everyone’s experience is equally valid. And while it can be scary when the unexpected happens, miracles happen every day. Here are 11 birth stories, all very different, that showcase the array of experiences that people have when they give birth to their babies. There are few things as beautiful as bringing new life into the world, and it’s a day you’ll remember for the rest of yours. Enjoy a look at these very special child birth stories.