We all have our birth stories. Some are beautiful, others are traumatic. Some are etched with humour or sadness and many combine several different elements.
They are one of the beginning chapters in our parenting journeys and we at Mum Central love sharing birth stories with our readers. Every single birth is amazing and special but these 10 stories caught our attention over the past year or two.
Extra speedy labours, incredible support partners and much more – check out our top 10 incredible birth stories over the years.
1. Mum Gives Birth in Under a Minute
27 seconds to be exact! This UK mum has wowed us all with what may be the quickest birth ever. And she didn’t even feel a single contraction!
2. Nine-Year-Old Son Supports His Mum Through Labour and Birth
This is one of our most popular birth stories to date and after you see the images and accompanying quotes, you’ll see why. Charlie, the little man in the picture above stroking his mum’s hair, is an absolute gem.
3. Teen Goes to Hospital with Appendicitis. Comes Home with a Baby
When 19-year-old Nadia Rhoads began to experience severe cramps in her side and back, she assumed it was appendicitis.
Turns out, it was a baby. Surprise!
4. Mum, Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant, Gives Birth on a Plane
Baby on a plane! It actually happens more often than you may think. But a baby on a plane AND a mum who had no idea she was even pregnant? This has got to be a once-in-a-lifetime birth!
5. At 22 Weeks Pregnant, Kayla Was Told Her “Babies Wil Be Born Today and They will die”
This beautiful story of strength and survival focuses on Kayla Ibarra twin daughters, Ema and Luna, who were born at 22 weeks and given a 0% of survival.
We’ve shared a story of a son helping to deliver his baby sister but these stunning images of dad helping his daughter deliver her baby is another truly special.
7. Lotus Birth Story: Mum Names Her Placenta Alice and Keeps It For a Week
UK mum Michelle was always going for a natural birth with her son, Otter. She opted to give birth at home and keep the placenta attached until it naturally falls off. This is known as a lotus birth, which is incredible in itself (to each their own). But this is the first time we’ve heard of a family giving the placenta a name.
8. Sydney Mum Delivers Baby on Her Own While Driving to Hospital
Baby Alfie surprised everyone, especially his mum, when he sped out of the womb in record speed. Mumma Gemma Ward was driving to the hosptial when it happened.