How many of you got to witness your baby being born?

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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With all 5 of my children born naturally (with the exception of using Epidural, thank God for that!!) I never once open my eyes to see them coming out cause I was too busy pushing. I had my last kid on Mar 1st and last Friday my baby sister had her baby and I got to witness my new nephew being born and that was the most amazing thing to see!!!!
It was also nice to be on that side for once and help with the couching. Although I thought a few times my sis was going to break my hand, LOL!! Man she was freakishly strong!!
Have any of you witness your baby being born or another baby?

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Denisia - posted on 10/07/2010

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yes i got to c my daughter be born. i had an epidural but the whole time i was pushin i had my eyes open. it was wonderful

Katrina - posted on 09/21/2010

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I Got to see both of my nieces born and it was amazing! I cried both times. I didnt get to see my son born because i ended up having to get a c-section but i still cried when i heard my son cry. lol

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2010

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I agree, with every child I have it is one of my best memories. And I am blessed again to be pregnant with my 6th child and I know I will have some good memories of this one's birth.

MILLIE - posted on 09/20/2010

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I watched through the mirror my lil girl being born omg it was amazing i was in shock i couldn't even hold my baby right away my sister held her on me than when i came back out of the shock my arms slowly went around her i just wanted to cry but couldn't! That was the best day in my whole life!

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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With my oldest I had a c-section, so I didn't get to see anything live, but my hubby did a great job documenting the birth with the digital camera. With our second, I did NOT want to use a mirror to see... besides I wouldn't have looked anyway, as my eyes were closed during the pushing. However, as he was coming out once I had pushed his shoulders out (which I didn't feel a thing during the entire pushing process, thanks to the epidural), my husband told me to open my eyes and look, so I got to see the last of him slide out as they grabbed him and placed him on my stomach. That was enough for me!

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2010

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I had a c-section, so I was unable to watch. I'm hoping with the next one I'll be able to watch.

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2010

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I agree with you! It is such a beautiful and miraculous thing to witness!

Evelyn - posted on 08/27/2010

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My 1st born was by c-section & my 2nd was vaginal birth so I did not see either one of them being born. My 2nd delivery was video taped (from the waist up) so I got to see the moment on video afterwards which was still amazing!! But 5yrs ago I did get to witness my niece being born & it was so amazing to witness the miracle of birth! She was the 1st baby in our family & it did not discourage me one bit! It was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Kristen - posted on 08/22/2010

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For me i didnt have a hard time pushing and watching but then again i only had 6 big pushes and 1 small one my daughter was ready to be born i was dialated to a 4 before they gave me an epidural but after that the pain was gone the nurses thought i had been though it before but nope my daughter is my one and only for now lol i want another but my hubby says i have to wait til our daughter is in college i think he is nuts we would be 40. but i want another soon maybe once shes in preschool

Ayako - posted on 08/19/2010

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Hi, when I had the first one ( well only one so far..) there were, my husband, sis-in-law, mum-in-law and my mum in our room to support and watch me pushing. especially my mum and mum-in-law got to see everything, lol. I was busy concentrating on breathing and holding hubby's hand and sister's hand so I didn't have a chance to see what's happening down there. hopefully I witness the next one!

Winnie Takyiwah - posted on 08/19/2010

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I was able to touch her head. But that was it. I was to busy and to hurting to look and didn't really want to have anything to do with her till I was all stitched up and drugged up. I had no epidural and did the whole thing natural. Next time, I will try and look. lol

Melissa - posted on 08/18/2010

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I had a c-section so thank goodness I did not see anything because they had a big drap over my stomach. I was so sick anyways that I could not wait for her to come. Once she came she was placed on me and we were both wheeled upstairs. It felt good to have her in my arms.

Never - posted on 08/14/2010

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My children where both born naturally one with the epideral because i was in labour for 27 hours no sleep.... I did not have the chance to see my first one being born i had complications and for the second one that weighed 10 lbs 3 oz i did not get to see him be born concidering i had him at my dads house but the parimedics got to see him be born i had a 13 mintue labour with the second one

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2010

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I watched my sister give birth in February of 2009. She was in labor for 12 hours and pushed for 3. After watching her I said that I would never get pregnant. She had a horrible experience and I didn't think I was strong enough to deal with anything close to that. Well...3 months later I was pregnant! When it came time for Luke to come I was in labor for 28 hours and pushed for 20 minutes! It was hard, but the most rewading part was watching my baby be born. I asked the nurses for a mirror and they positioned it where I could watch my baby's birth. When I saw his little head coming out I couldn't believe I was strong enough to do it! Such a rewarding thing! If we decide to have more children I will be watching again!

Kimberly - posted on 08/14/2010

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With both my girls I asked for a mirror so I could see, and with our youngest I felt her head as she was crowning.. it was awesome!!

Natalia - posted on 08/13/2010

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No and I really wish I could see a baby be born...with my first son i had t push hard and fast because the doc could see he was purple and when he came out they took him to make sure everything was ok and it was just had a hard time breathing in the begining and i got him after about 20 but he never left my room and with my last son i has to have an emergency c-sec so i did not get to see it either....its one of the most amazing things in life and im jealous cuz i want to see it!!!!!!

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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when we talked about labor & delivery i didn't anything to do w/ my baby until he was out & cleaned off. while pushing i changed my whole birth plan i wanted to see my progress so i asked for mirrors. i saw my son crown and come out. as soon as he was out i took him in my hands and held him before they had the chance to clean him off. it was such an amazing experience, i'm so happy i had a last minute change of mind! :)

Gretchen - posted on 08/12/2010

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Nope. They were trying to keep my first one in a little longer so I was laying down and for my second I was knocked out!

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2010

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Thanks for everyone's responses. It sounds like everyone had good experiences. I think that if we are able to have one more I want to try to look and watch the little one being born. : )

Rachel - posted on 08/12/2010

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No, I didn't want to see lol. The sight of blood makes me throw up so I could only imagine how that would've been. I even asked my husband to please not look down there, he did anyway & I yelled at him in the middle of a push, but oh well, it was too late lol. I'd love to be in the room while someone was giving birth, I wouldn't look, but I think the after part would be amazing.

Kellee - posted on 08/11/2010

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my husband recorded the birth and it was amazing to watch (after I recovered!!).

Sharon - posted on 08/11/2010

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My hospital had a mirror on a wheeled stand. They seemed surprised that I asked for it - I don't think many people do. But I am so glad I did get to see it. At first I was a little frustrated because they kept asking me if I could see her coming and I couldn't but I think she wasn't far enough yet but omigod when I saw her coming it was amazing and encouraged me to push to get her all the way here :) Though I will say a couple big pushes at the end it was hard to push AND keep my eyes open to watch LOL

Kristen - posted on 08/11/2010

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yeah there was but my nurse said origanly they werent going to since it was my first time but once they saw how well i was doing they went ahead and did it

Rosy - posted on 08/11/2010

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I had a water birth, so there weren't any mirrors around there, would have been cool to have a mirror on the ceiling though :)

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2010

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they didnt have mirrors above your bed? they had the mirrors attached to the ceiling, some parts you dont wanna see lol but it wasnt bad

Rosy - posted on 08/11/2010

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I didn't, but I wish now that I'd brought a mirror with me or had somebody film it. I touched his head once it was out though and it was so exciting finally touching the little person who'd been in my belly for so long...

Kristen - posted on 08/11/2010

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I kept my eyes open with my daughter the nurse acctually had a mirror over me so i could see everything well at least though m,y tears as my daughter was born that is something i will never forget it was wonderful

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2010

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I remember looking in the mirror & tell my fiance not to look (even though it wasn't bad) once the shoulders past (the only time I swore) I pulled him out, here he's laying on my chest, my fiance & doctors mouth open, and Im just happy to have him in my arms. I can definitely say I would do it all over again, I actually cant wait to have our 2nd. Im spending time with Ethan & getting his butt out of diapers before a 2nd comes around :)

Bekki - posted on 08/11/2010

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i didnt see what was happenin....some1 asked me 2 film it and it grossed me out....lookin back at it thou, i kinda would have liked 2 know what i was like as i was so high on gas and air! u kinda miss whats goin on.....id been in labour 33hours and was induced and i hadnt slept so just wanted him out...finally got him out and had major bleed and im so unsureof what happened. wud have been nice2 c it all unfloding be4 my eyes! i dnt have a sis so dnt reali thinkil get the chance 2 c bubba bein born unless i have any more, then i mite film it lol!! wud any of u film it? xx

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2010

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Ya, I have to agree that it's not as bad as the TV shows and birthing shows make it out to be. It's truely an amazing moment to get to witness.

Karina - posted on 08/10/2010

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Nope, I didn't want to. They asked me if I wanted to touch her head as she was crowning and I told them in a very hurried tone that I just wanted her out ^_^

I wanted to see her and hold her, not just touch what was already going to be touched anyway.

I didn't get an epidural and it's actually not that bad. TV shows and movies exaggerate drastically. I lasted from March 21st at 3 am all the way until she was born on March 21st at 4: 50 pm. It felt like relief. But maybe I'll be there one day for my sister. Not anytime soon hopefully, she's MUCH too young (only 11 ~_~)

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2010

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I had a c-section, so I didn't get to see my son born. But, about 5 years ago I got to see my then sister in law have her baby. I was there by accident, and suddenly it was time for her to push. I served as a human stirrup lol. It was really something to watch. It wasn't as gross as I'd seen on tv or videos.

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When my son was born I was kind of in shock and was looking at my mom. My water hadn't completely broken so when I felt all the water I looked but they were already laying him on me and going to cut the cord. So, yes and no I guess? Haha.

Katie - posted on 08/10/2010

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I had a c-section for my little guy, so I didn't get to see anything either, except for a big bucket of blood being suctioned out of me... joy! My husband had the opportunity to watch, but I think all the blood made him a little queasy. If I can do it naturally next time, I hope I am able to watch! Glad you got to experience it from the other side!

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