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Do you like telling your birth story?

I've been assuming that mothers like to tell their birth stories, but maybe this isn't always true? What about you?

  • poll: Do you like sharing your birth story?
    Yes : (42 votes)
    71 %
    No : (7 votes)
    12 %
    Only with people I'm really close to : (10 votes)
    17 %
  1. mediagirl

    hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25556 posts

    Nah, I like talking about how my parents walked in on me pushing but other than that, no one wants to hear the details.

  2. tlcbaby

    nectarine / 2750 posts

    I do when people ask, but I don't launch into it (which is what a lot of people did to me when I was pregnant).

  3. MrsB2012

    nectarine / 2466 posts

    sure if someone asks about it

  4. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    Not especially. It's a sore subject.

    ETA: If asked, I keep it really short and just basically say how I gave birth.

  5. tequiero21

    honeydew / 7968 posts

    I voted only with family or so but honestly, I don't really care. If people care to ask, I would tell them but I don't volunteer it.

  6. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5257 posts

    If anyone asks I do! I don't really volunteer it, but I don't mind sharing if someone is interested. I'm pretty happy with how it went, and I feel like people get a lot of horror stories while pregnant (I know I did!) So hopefully I can help alleviate that with a more positive story. I mean as positive as contractions can be

  7. lilteacherbee

    cantaloupe / 6791 posts

    If someone asks, I do, especially if they're nervous about having a c-section. I had two positive c-section experiences and I know some people tend to think the worst about them.

  8. Madison43

    persimmon / 1483 posts

    I'm 2 for 2 with traumatic births, so no. I don't have a problem takin about my experiences if asked, but it's definitely not a pleasant stroll down memory lane.

  9. catgirl

    nectarine / 2018 posts

    I don't dislike telling it but don't really care about it either. I had a positive experience, no bad memories, just don't feel like I need to share. I have no problem if people ask though.

  10. Mamas2k13

    pea / 20 posts

    I do only because my sister fainted while I was pushing and that's just a really funny story lol

  11. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    i do, but mine were quick and textbook!

  12. babypugs

    persimmon / 1101 posts

    Not really at this point. I did right after she was born, but now it seems like an awful lot of effort to share!

  13. codeitall

    clementine / 874 posts

    My MIL horrified my parents in the days before the wedding with a protracted birth story of DH blaming him for all her body issues. So yeah, I don't really volunteer any details.

    If they're interested I'll just say that labor started in another state (ugh, what a drive) and I had to wait for the doctor to show up to the hospital, but an otherwise perfect birth. Perfectly innocuous and no TMI.

  14. Mrs. Pen

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts

    I don't think there's many people who truly care, so I don't really offer details unless I'm actually asked. Then, I don't mind sharing it.

  15. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @MrsSCB: same- in the right circumstances I do like talking about it. I had two positive experiences and I am happy to share, especially with people hoping for a med free birth (which is what I had). I feel like you get a lot of negativity when you say you hope for med free so I'm happy to be a good experience. But not unprompted, no!

  16. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    I do. I feel like both are interesting to people I know (worked a full day in labor with #1 & had a crazy fast labor with #2)

  17. 808love

    pomelo / 5866 posts

    Yes although I have only been asked a handful of times in nearly 6 years.

  18. catomd00

    grapefruit / 4418 posts

    I don't mind if someone wants to know. I like sharing with FTMs because I have had two pretty easy births.

  19. Periwinkle

    pear / 1879 posts

    If someone asks I will gladly share. I had two pretty easy labors and deliveries, each with some funny details. But I don't volunteer the information unless asked.

  20. wheres_c

    pomelo / 5789 posts

    Nope, it was super traumatic!

  21. caterw

    persimmon / 1445 posts

    I voted yes, but I don't really volunteer it. If I'm in a group of moms talking about that stuff I share or if someone asks I have no trouble telling it. I feel like not everyone would want to know though so I don't just randomly bring it up.

  22. SweetCaroline

    pear / 1718 posts

    Only if someone directly asks or if someone is being very dramatic about their labor. I try to keep my mouth shut, I'm coming to terms with the fact it is okay to consider the birth tramatic to me.

  23. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    I don't really volunteer much about either of them. First one was a failed induction turned c section that caused some mental trauma about my lady bits. So, not something I want share details of with most people.

    The second was a routine c section with a few scary moments after she came out (breathing issues and had to go to the nursery, and I missed out on all but 10 seconds of bonding time directly after birth.) so again, not really a great story to tell. There was one funny moment though when she grabbed the suction as they were pulling her out of me and wouldn't let go.

  24. Mrs. Pickle

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts

    @MrsSCB: same!

    If someone asks I happily tell it. I feel like moms to be here lots of bad stories about labor. I had an easy time so I like to tell it when asked so she knows it's not always horrible.

  25. peaches1038

    nectarine / 2047 posts

    Yes I love telling it. I'm a women's health PT and work with lots of pregnant and postpartum women and we are always swapping stories

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