“What I love about stories the most is the power they have to teach us of possibilities that might not occur to us without them.”

—Ina May Gaskin

I have been asked by expectant parents where they can find inspiring birth stories that reflect birth in New York today. In response, I would like to share stories from couples who’ve recently taken my classes. I have many, many wonderful stories to pull from, but have chosen to post these just-in tales. And so, with the permission of the wonderful parents of Mindful Birth NY childbirth classes, I share recent birth stories as new parents announced their births and babies to each other. Some of the tales are short; others are long (the same is true of the births). The births take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals. The stories are “of the moment.” You will read about coping, pushing, fainting, curveballs, doulas, tangles with medical professionals, support from medical professionals, and of course the amazing moment of birth. I have changed the names of the parents and babies when asked to do so, but I have left the stories untouched. Enjoy!

Breech the old fashioned way

I am finally coming up for air. We missed class last night because I ended up going into labor last wednesday night. I went for a version with Dr. Abdulhak in Hackensack last Wednesday. Dr AAron had me scheduled for a c-section which i was determined not to attend:) Dr Abdulhak  is also very supportive of vaginal delivery and also …

“If you had not told us that some women are just screamers…”

Reunion-11Mickey and GrahamHi Mary Esther- Mickey and Cathleen here, with a little tagalong named Graham.


We wanted to write and thank you SO much for the class, which was more helpful in birthing Graham than we ever could have imagined. We wanted to let you know how it all went, and how your class made it possible.


As I’m sure …

“A moment later, I had this squirming magnificent warm bundle on my chest”

Isabella swaddledHi Team Bradley,

We’d like to announce the arrival of our daughter, Isabella, 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 20 inches long, born 8:58 AM, March 2.

Here is our birth story from Amy’s perspective.

At 4 days overdue I was getting more than a little bit nervous that we would not only risk out of the birthing center, but also—because …

“Papi Doulo”

Hello fellow birth class members!
I am so thankful for our class with Mary Esther. That and our neighborhood (Hamilton heights) helped me earn the nickname Papi Doulo during the short labor and birth of our son. On Tuesday morning (3am) March 26th, Maria started having mild contractions. They weren’t bad but they woke her/us up every 15-18 minutes. We …

“Stefan was out and hollering his arrival!”


Hello Classmates!


We hope you’re all thriving, and enjoying the adventure of parenthood! We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our big baby boy, Stefan, who was born via Cesarean section on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am, weighing a very healthy 8 pounds 15 ounces.


Here is our story:


At our 37 week appointment, …

“I wanted to experience natural birth because I thought it would be a rite-of-passage, the best thing for my baby and an experience that would change me as a person, and that’s exactly what I got with Amelie’s birth- I wouldn’t change it now even if I could”

Although I gave birth at exactly 39 weeks my birth story really starts at 37 weeks when my husband Mike and I were sat in the Manhattan waiting room of Dr Moritz. At this appointment the doctor would check me over and sign us off as able to deliver at the birthing centre I had my heart set on. I …

“Ellis was finally born calmly and peacefully, face up and eyes wide open.”

Hello all!
Jeff and I are so excited to share that our little boy, Ellis, joined the world on Friday, January 18, at 8:26pm. Cuter than a peanut and weighing 6 lbs 14 oz!

He was born five days early, and delivered naturally at St Luke’s Roosevelt with the help of our doctor, Zhanna Shulina.

The entire experience was a …