Everyone loves a good birth story. And storytelling is the best way to educate and inspire. This page is a catalogue of the best birth stories, as told from the dad’s perspective, which appeared in the first edition of Cheers to Childbirth. All are wildly different. Click on read more for each story.

I was in charge of the gas. The only time I felt a bit scared was when I forgot to hand the gas to Mel and she turned to me and screamed, ‘GAS!’ That kept me on my toes and reminded me that we still had a long way to go on this particular performance. Read more…

I did as much as I could to help but I was nervous. She was strong though, so she made me feel strong. I can only imagine going through the process of childbirth. Read more…

When we got to the birth I decided that all that coached breathing is crap! Birth is such a natural phenomena, I think it’s wrong to try to teach someone what comes naturally. Read more…

Giving birth is a bit like racing. You spend months preparing for it and then you wake up on that morning and it all comes down to this: you can’t back out. Read more…

We approached the birth in the same way that I have prepared for climbing Everest or running a marathon or running from Brisbane to Cairns. If you look at the huge challenge ahead in sections, you can handle it. One section at a time. Read more…

When you go through this with your partner for the first time, you are stepping through a door into a world you really know nothing about and it’s a sharp learning curve. It’s a powerful bonding experience for you as a couple, to create this little human being together and be there as your child comes into the world. Read more…

When army personnel are deployed overseas, they receive quite detailed psychological briefings and debriefings. It sounds callous, but I felt like I needed a debrief after the births more than I had after my deployments overseas. Read more…

It was one of the best experiences of my life seeing that wee head crowning and coming out. It was just amazing. It was exhilarating and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! I was on cloud nine and was going around saying, ‘I’ve just had a baby! A beautiful baby girl!’ Read more…

Seeing cows calve gave me no help whatsoever in knowing what to expect when my babies were born. Read more…

I had been concerned that I wouldn’t be able to connect emotionally with our baby when she was born. I’m a person who is led by the heart but when it comes to medical stuff I keep a level of emotional disconnection. Despite this, I burst into tears when I held Jasmine for the first time. Read more…