• http://www.diapersanddivas.com Diapers and Divas

    As crazy and creepy as this sounds…..That was the best story i’ve heard in a long time.

  • Veronica

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuude, duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! You rock. And man, my little sister gave birth two years ago when she was 23. Natural just like you, but she’s a woman of few words so I didn’t know details. I imagine she went through this because for two days that woman glowed so much I thought she must have also given birth to a halo.

    Congrats! Great story, amazingly written. You’re no. 26 for a reason.

  • Britta

    I’m literally crying at my desk right now. That is an amazing story.

  • http://www.maddiethegirl.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    You aren’t supposed to drink coffee and breastfeed? Whoops!

    When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I had cramps the night before I delivered, but it was four days before I was due. I ignored them, and ALSO took a sleeping pill to help me rest. (I am embarrased to admit that my water had begun to leak too, and I blew that off as…I dunno, pee?) I woke up after just about an hour of sleep in full blown labor at midnight.

    I also didn’t plan for what to do with my sleeping 2 year old if I was to go into labor at night. I had to call a friend, who ended up driving me to the hospital, DROPPING me off at the curb while my husband figured out what to do with our sleeping child.

    I wrote about it:

    http://maddiethegirl.blogspot.com/2007/02/brookes-birth-story-part-i.html

    Thanks for sharing. Great post!

  • http://www.beurreetpain.blogspot.com Honeybee

    Oh, my, you’ve had me in tears with this post.

    I’m expecting my first child in january and I’m hoping for a natural childbirth – and slowly starting to prepare for it, too! Keep your fingers crossed that it will work for me, too!

  • melissa

    that was beautiful heather…
    beautiful…
    you are an inspiration, you seriously have me thinking about going natural, i’ll let you know how that works out in 20 weeks.

  • http://babygotbackfat.blogspot.com/ Jen

    Bravo Heather!…Bravo!!!

    I love your story for so many reasons, but mainly because I know how you were feeling…especially the corny spiritual part and the part about the amazing high you experienced afterwards. I too gave birth naturally – twice! And both times were so similar to your story…so thank you for reminding me to be proud of myself.

    And by the way…I think a root canal is WORSE than natuarl childbirth. For real. I fucking hate the dentist…HATE the dentist!! The one & only root canal I’ve had was a couple years after my first born. After what seemed to be hours of sick, demented torture as the dentist drilled out what was left of the rotten root of my tooth, feeling my eye twitch as he approached my eye socket with his drill, the damn thing was done. I sat up in the chair and said “I would much rather give birth than have to go through that again!!!…and I gave birth naturally!!” My dentist was offended, but it was the truth so fuck him!

  • http://memyselfandmommy.com/ Renee

    You would think that a story would like would make me think twice about wanting to pursue a natural birth next time. Instead it made me want to be in labor the very minute. I know I’m psychotic but I loved being in labor… pain and all.

  • http://hautenegro.tumblr.com dacia

    That was seriously awesome and worth the wait. I’m 5 months pregnant with my first and your labor story completely changed my outlook. After reading Part One, I immediately went out and bought “My Best Birth” ready to alternately throw it across the room and embrace it (I did both). After a week of making horrified gasps and “NO!!”s at the book, I watched “The Business of Being Born” with my husband so he could see what all my fuss was about.

    I’m now dropping my OB (he’s a narcissistic jerk, anyway), and my hospital (30% c-section rate and 26% episiotomy rate? w.t.f???!!), getting a midwife, and feeling calm about this baby for the first time ever. Thank you so much for sharing.

    p.s. Apparently you never forget that high, my grandmother is over 80 and she still remembers it as clearly as it was yesterday.

  • rachel

    Thanks so much for this, Heather. I’m so glad you shared your story and I hope it will inspire more women to explore their options. I laughed, I cried– what an amazing story! I think it is 10% luck and 90% hard work and prep, so yes, YOU DID IT. Big congrats to you and your beautiful family. love, the internets

  • kcmo

    Yeah, it may be nice for you to write once in a while, since that’s why you make a fucking fortune! As for those of us who read what you write; You’re welcome!

  • Karen

    Beautiful :) Thanks for sharing this amazing experience.

  • http://waylifeis.blogspot.com Samantha

    This was so worth the wait. Thanks, and well done on making me cry so early in the morning.

  • http://www.funny-monkeys.blogspot.com Cassie

    As the thousandth commenter, I realize this may never be read. However, I wanted to say: No blog post has ever made me cry at work before. Combine that with the fact that it also made me laugh so hard I almost snorted water out my nose, and you really have some remarkable there.

    Thanks for sharing. It is a beautiful story.

  • http://shesays.blog.com/ Chrissy

    That took guts of mass proportion. Bottle it and sell it on the black market!

    I’ve always thought about having natural child birth and knowing that it is, in fact, possible and people do live through it, I just might. Whenever I decide to produce a boob sucking poop machine, that is.

    Your family is adorable and congrats. On the baby, the strength and the courage.

  • http://fearealized.com NaysWay

    I so love your writing. I knew the story would be beautiful, but the brutal honesty and humor? I am still laughing at the snakes on the plane. Thanks for the experience in the way only you can tell it.

  • http://mandiesmumblings.blogspot.com mandie

    This is a fabulous, courageous story. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring. Seriously moving!

  • http://www.renaissancefairecostumes.org Renn Faire Guy

    WOW…that is all I can say.

  • http://imsonotablogger.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    wow, you managed to get the pain thing across perfectly!
    congrats on the natural birth:-)
    I did the same thing, at home aswell, so completely hear you!
    Beautiful:-)

  • http://www.notesfromupstageleft.com MButterfly

    Oh my God, Heather, thank you so much for sharing your story. I was truly and deeply moved by your experience. The photos are gorgeous, too– in that first one of you and Marlo, you are positively radiating!

    (Also, great music choice. Radiohead kicks ASS.)

  • Courtney

    Wow. Amazing story. I LOVE reading your writing, and I have been looking forward to part 3 for the LONGEST time!! Congrats again on Marlo and your amazing experience.

  • Lindsey

    Thank you so much! You did exactly what you set out to do: show women they have options and to encourage them to take control of this experience. I know it’ll be a long time before I pop out my first little one, but I know reading about your personal experience will stay with me until then–and long afterward.

  • Leslie

    Such an amazing story. I had goosebumps the entire time reading it. Your family is absolutely beautiful!

  • Yvonne

    Thanks Heather. Really. I’m 31 weeks pregnant with my first baby and totally starting to freak out about labor. This gives me hope and something to look forward to.

    Oh, and thanks for the tears too. You sure can tell a story. Love it.

  • http://www.ecobabe.com.au ecobabe

    You rock Heather, well done!

  • Lisa

    Wow. Oh wow. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing about this.

  • Lindsey

    Thank you. Touching, miraculous, beautiful. Your emotion and humor always inspire me.

  • http://www.curlyred.com Kendall

    thank you Heather, for sharing.

    We watched “The Business of Being Born” last night, because you suggested it, and it gave me a lot to think about.

    I’m due the day before Halloween. Wish me luck :)

  • freckle

    Why is it only women commenting on this entry? This is bugging me now that I’ve noticed it. Birth stories aren’t just for women. Men should be reading this and learning and caring about it too. :/

  • Marlies

    Wow, inspirational!

  • http://growbitchandsew.blogspot.com/ Vaile

    Heather, wow. I am so blown away, I’ve been reading your blog for the better part of the year (going through the back entries really made the last few weeks of university sail!), and think you’re an all around total awesome human.

    When I found out I was pregnant in March I didn’t really put a lot of thought into how I would have the baby. Most of my thoughts were along the “ew gross” variety. Since you began telling your story I’ve done a lot of thinking and a lot of research. The first part of your labor story really really inspired me, and the subsequent pieces of it have only added to that.

    I just wanted to give you a shout and tell you that I think what you’ve done is awesome, and to thank you for sharing it with the wondernets, cause it has really had a positive impact on me personally and I’m sure a gazillion other women as well. Way to go for making informed decisions about your body and your baby!

    Also, I like your new hairs!

  • http://hopelds.blogspot.com Hope

    Damn – I’m sitting here crying, and I’ve HAD three children and I’ve BEEN at the birth of both my grandchildren, and you have described it PERFECTLY.

    Thank you again for being willing to share your life (and mucus plugs) with America.

  • Julie R

    Your story and your baby are both beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Brittany

    Wow, such an amazing story. I had a miscarriage in January and it was the most painful thing I have ever had to do. Going through that made my husband and I really think about kids. We dont want to go through that again. This story has really made me think about kids again. I know I want them so bad, but I could go through something like that again. I always said that if there were meds available, why not???? But reading this has really changed my way of thinking. You are an amazing woman and I am so glad you write about everything with motherhood to help other people out there. You have a beautiful family!

  • http://www.thedrunch.com Jodi

    It seems almost pointless to be the 1200 something-th person to comment, but what a fantastic story. You’ve got such great perspective with none of the “if-you-didn’t-do-exactly-what-I-did-you-failed” bitchiness you often find with this type of story.

    Thanks for sharing and that is another beautiful baby you’ve got there!

  • Laurie

    In tears….sniff….snort…snot….So very touching

  • peashelle

    Congratulations – I am truly envious, but in the most wonderful way.

  • http://parmieuxadventures.blogspot.com ParmieuxParks

    I’m not a mother, or even a wife, but I am a single woman with hopes to experience those things someday. This was an absolutely beautiful telling of the birth of Marlo and your experience. It brought tears to my eyes…thank you.

  • Stephanie

    That was an amazing story…I admire you so much for going through with the “no drugs” birth. That is just incredible! I only made it to 4cm and I was asking for the epidural – I had an awesome birth experience as well, but I am in awe of you. I respect all of you moms who have done it without the help of pain medication! Margo and Leta are beautiful, you are beautiful, and I am very happy for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • http://www.skinnysara.com/ Sara

    Totally worth the wait.

    Look toward Omaha, Nebraska and you’ll recognize me as the woman standing in her bedroom who just thumped her chest and is raising her fist to you in feminine solidarity!

  • http://www.justalittlebit.net Laura

    You know, I don’t normally bother commenting, though I read every post, because I imagine it just gets lost in the mess of posts. But this story really touched me, and by the end I was teary. Congratulations to you and Jon on another healthy, happy and gorgeous baby girl. She’s already looking so sweet and so cute, I’m sure everyone is ready to watch her grow into such a cute girl like they did Leta.

    Good luck and best of health to you and baby. :)

  • http://bohemianruminations.blogspot.com/ Christina S.

    Heather… I am almost speechless. Wow. What an amazing story.

    I just have to say: I greatly admire you. Your willingness to share your life with us, the world, it’s just… I think very important. Really. As we’ve lost our sense of community and dare I say even togetherness in our society, well, I think that it was out of this loss that things like blogs were ultimately developed. I for instance don’t know the story of my birth from my mother’s words, I haven’t even attended a (human) birth at all, and with your words and your humor… you have made what I believe to be the most important and indeed sacred event that can occur in life real for me. Thank you.

    I am so very happy for you.

  • http://www.lightblog.com/member/elisabeth sozzled

    Thank you Heather for sharing your story. She is beautiful!

  • http://giftwithinbirthservices.com manda

    From a home-birthing hippy doula momma of two… GOOD JOB!!!!

    You totally found that ‘bliss’ that comes from natural birth.

    Every woman should have that experience.

    Thank you for writing about this.

  • alex

    never have met you personally, but have been reading for a long time and feel like i know you (a bit). So proud of you, your family and your amazing dedication. Congrats on a healthy baby and labor.

  • http://www.wineandheels.com/ Carolyn Roy

    I have loved each installment of this story. I have two kids and with the first I had drugs, but with the second it was all natural. I’ll take the natural delivery again any day. Well, that is if I were to have more kids. Which I’m not. Two is plenty for me :)

  • Julie

    MOTHER FUCKING SNAKES ON A PLANE!!! I think that story alone moves you to #25!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jodi

    Long time reader, first time commentor.

    What a beautiful ending to a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it!

  • http://www.WebSavyMom.com Hokie Deb

    –>You’re brave for sharing the details but That Picture with Your Butt……..I am impressed you posted that for The Internet to see and comment on.

    Marlo is beautiful!
    http://www.WebSavyMom.com

  • Anonymous

    You even did the stitches without any local pain management? THAT is insane!