I spent many late-night hours of my first pregnancy pouring over birth stories. I hung on every word, typed from the fingers of tired new moms who had broken through to the other side — from pregnant to parent. Of course eventually, I made that transition myself, and I welcomed my son to the world in the still-dark morning of a dreary Friday in October. And eventually, I sat down and wrote about my birth story and reflected on our childbirth experience.
As part of Babble’s Best of the Blogs Campaign, we asked our amazing readers to nominate their favorite posts and stories about giving birth. We read through every nomination and carefully selected our favorite posts — not an easy task given all the amazing stories and writers we were introduced to! Babble’s newest eBook, Parenting Uncensored: Straight Talk from Real Moms on Giving Birth, was released just this week and is available to download from Amazon straight to your Kindle (just in time for some summer backyard or beach reading!).
I was completely humbled to have one of my posts, Reflections on Childbirth, included in this amazing lineup of talented writers and storytellers. It is particularly poignant for me to reread a post I wrote more than a year and a half ago, now sitting here with a big, bouncing 28-week pregnant belly all over again. I ended my own story of giving birth with the following message:
“Having been through the entire process now, the one thing I wish someone had told me was that they loved childbirth, because I absolutely did. Of course each birth and each experience is different, but I wish it had been something I had looked forward to instead of feared. One thing is for sure, when my time comes to (hopefully) do it again, I’ll still be nervous and of course I’ll still worry, but most of all I will be excited.”
With this next birth experience, I hope I can hold onto the wisdom and courage I once felt as a tired, new mom myself. And I’ll make sure to reread the stories and tales of my fellow bloggers who are also included in Babble’s latest book. Make sure to check it out yourself, along with our collection of e-books on other topics — ranging from pregnancy to breastfeeding, and beyond.