Every time a baby is born we celebrate the miracle of life. Each birth story is special, but moms who have a baby during the holidays have some exceptional stories to share. Giving birth during this time of year helps bring back the true meaning of holiday spirit. Our families are surrounding us, there is a feeling of joy in the air and it is the perfect time of year to welcome a new life. We will never receive a gift greater than the gift of a child.
The thought of having a baby around the holidays might give us nothing less than an anxiety attack. The thought of buying gifts and wrapping them, cooking, and entertaining- Yeah right! We worry about celebrating with the children we already have. The holidays are busy enough and add being nine months pregnant on top of that- No thanks!
We might worry that the baby is getting jipped by having a Christmas birthday combo. There are steps we can take to make sure our baby doesn’t feel overshadowed on their birthday. Take it from a Christmas baby herself, Katie. She was born December 25, 1994 and always gets the same response when people find out her birth date.
“Ugh, that must suck,” they say.
For Katie, it doesn’t suck at all. She actually loves having a Christmas day birthday. She never has to go to school, or work on her birthday and her birthday will forever be a lifetime full of festivities, food, family and fun- oh and don’t forget presents! Katie’s mom did an awesome job at separating Christmas presents from birthday presents. Being a Christmas baby is something she will always look at with a positive attitude, not a negative one.
If you are due around the holidays buckle up and get ready- you just might have a Christmas baby!
Here are some of the best Christmas birth stories.
15 The Ride Of Her Life
Anna and her husband Christopher were expecting their third child on December 20, 2013. The due date came and went and still no baby. By the time December 23 came around Anna decided she was DONE being pregnant. False labor pains were present for about a week and she had been sent home from the hospital. She was not going to sit back and wait for the baby to arrive. Proactive Anna decided she was going to walk and walk some more until the baby came out. She walked for hours with her mother and had a hunch that this was the real deal.
Anna’s mother took the two older children and her husband Christopher was tagged in to continue the walking. They went to Target to pass the time. Three hours and one hundred dollars later Target was closing. Anna was exhausted but she was not ready to give up. Christopher called their doctor to weigh their options and made the decision to go home. Fatigued and finally ready to relax Anna slipped into a bath. About ten minutes in the bath tub and the relaxation ceased to exist. Contractions were coming one after another and the loud noises came with it. Christopher came running into the bathroom to announce that he had the movie Elf for them to watch. Anna was not interested.
Her response, “We have to go NOW!”
They hurried (as fast as a laboring woman can hurry) into the car and sped down the highway at midnight. Horn blowing, lights flashing, car weaving in and out of traffic they hit the speed of 80 MPH. Anna was praying and screaming at her husband to get them to the hospital. When the next contraction came she could not hold the baby in. Her body started pushing.
“This baby is coming right now” she yelled!
Down came her pants and Anna made Christopher feel the baby’s head. He picked up the phone and called 911 to tell them the baby was crowning. By the time the dispatcher had the info she needed to send an ambulance, Anna had reached down and delivered baby Sophia by herself at 12:15am on Christmas Eve going 85 MPH on 840! She quickly pulled Sophia to her chest and wrapped her in a towel until the medical professionals arrived. Baby Sophia checked out perfectly healthy and did not have any side effects from being born outside of a sterile environment.
Anna jokingly says, “Third kid? The word ‘sterile’ is out of my vocabulary at this point!”
14 A Standstill And A Surprise
Zesiro1 had her last prenatal check-up on December 23 at 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant. After expecting to have a C-section, she was tremendously excited to receive the news that she could go into labor and give birth naturally. She asked the doctor to do a membrane sweep. According to Baby Center, a membrane sweep is the first thing doctors will do to start labor. Your doctor will try to separate the amniotic sac membranes surrounding the baby from your cervix. This is done during an internal examination.
Zesiro1 woke up later that night having contractions and went to the hospital around 2 a.m. She was hooked up to the monitors and having continuous contractions. The doctor came in to check her dilation and WOOSH, her water broke. Due to overcapacity, she spent the night laboring in a room that was not meant for labor and delivery. When the pain started to intensify enough to make her moan with every contraction she was FINALLY moved into a labor and delivery room at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
She immediately got the much needed relief of an epidural. Around 5 p.m. she was checked for dilation and was at 6 cm. For the next eight hours she does not dilate past 6, her water has been broken for 24 hours and she is seemingly at a standstill. Her body was beyond fatigue from the long intense labor and the thought of pushing felt overwhelming. Zesiro1 was told to prepare herself for a potential C-section and then decided that would be her best option. At 2:36 a.m. on Christmas day Aria Aurelia was born!
In the delivery room dad yelled out, “It’s a BOY!”
The sex of the baby was a surprise. Zesiro1’s mother, who had cancer, knew the sex and blabbed to more than a few people. However, no one told zesiro1 and her husband. He was apparently looking at the umbilical cord when one of the nurses told him to look again. It’s a GIRL!
13 A Christmas Water Birth
Around 6 a.m. on Christmas morning Diana got up to pee and saw traces of blood. Contractions were starting but they were not yet intense, so Diana suggested to her husband David that they open presents while they had the chance. Her 5 year old daughter Ada had a nice hour of opening gifts and enjoying her last moments of being an only child.
While Ada was playing with her presents, David was cleaning up the wrapping paper trying to make enough room for the birthing pool. The contractions started getting stronger. Diana walked into the music room and closed the door to get through each contraction in silence. Her mother and sister come over to help with Ada. Diana continued to camp out in the music room timing contractions and reading user manuals for the Christmas toys.
Diana’s midwife, Jill, came over around 2 p.m. to check her vitals and everything was looking good. It was time to get in the pool. The water felt divine. She said the best thing about the pool was the buoyancy. She did not have to hold her body up against the persistent pull of gravity.
Diana and everyone else in the house, including Ada, remained silent during contractions. Everyone knew it was important to Diana to have a silent birth. When it was time to push she let out a few groans because well that’s what it takes to push as hard as you can! The baby started crowing and Diana realized that Ada was not in the room. She forgot about the silent birth plan and started yelling for Ada. Ada came running in the room with her grandmother and aunt just in time to see her baby sister, Annebelle Apple, being born at 6:45 p.m. on Christmas day. Ada was so protective of her mother and sister she would not leave their side until she fell asleep later that night. This family had the most magical Christmas day welcoming a new baby and never left the house!
Diana consumed her placenta in a yummy strawberry orange placenta smoothie almost immediately after giving birth. Her emotional and physical health returned back to normal quickly. Could the placenta smoothie be responsible? Diana thinks it is. Research suggests consuming the placenta after birth restore vital hormones to the mother and protect them from postpartum depression.
12 The Due Date Debate
Alex C. Vidaeff, M.D., M.P.H., a maternal-fetal medicine researcher and practitioner at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston explains, "Due dates can be off by a week in either direction. Sometimes, even two weeks!”
Kimberleigh was due with her baby on Christmas Eve. Her husband wasn’t crazy about the idea of having a Christmas baby, but Kimberleigh was convinced that there was no way she would have the baby on her due date so she didn’t worry about it. When she woke up that morning in labor she didn’t think it was real. According to Parents Magazine, only 5 percent of woman will go into labor on their due date. It felt impossible to Kimberleigh.
While she was not ready to share every gory detail of her labor and delivery we do know that Kimberleigh’s birth story was text book. She went into labor on her due date, labored in the birthing center of the hospital for about 12 hours, and with no complications had a healthy baby the next day. What makes Kimberleigh’s story so exciting is that her daughter was born on Christmas morning! After mom and baby checked out to be healthy they were able to go home (or go to grandmas) and have Christmas dinner with their family.
Now that Kimberleigh’s daughter is 3 years old she realizes Christmas is a double holiday. Mom and dad will have to get creative to figure out a way to celebrate Christmas and their little Christmas baby!
11 A Blissful Blizzard
Monica was experiencing contractions for a few days during the week of Christmas. She expected labor to come soon. While she was expecting labor, the local weather channel was expecting a winter storm. Christmas Eve morning the rain started coming down steadily and was expected to freeze. By 10 a.m. Monica decided to go to the hospital.
The ride was short and the check-in process was painless. She was checked by a nurse who said she was dilated to 4 cm. They continued to monitor Monica for an hour to see if she would qualify for admittance. When the nurse checked her again she was dilated to 5 cm and talked as if sending her home was a possibility. Sending a fourth time mother who was dilated to 5cm into a winter storm seemed like a joke to Monica.
Luckily, the OB doctor on call came in and decided to admit her. Meanwhile, the storm was brewing outside. The rain had started to freeze and Monica’s parents and family members were unable to leave their house in time for the birth. Later that afternoon her fourth baby was born during the storm. It was a girl!
Monica told us, "Having a baby, during a major snowstorm, on Christmas Eve, was simply amazing. Having a baby is magical anyway, but there was something special about the holiday and the snow and the excitement. Our hospital stay was very peaceful. The halls were empty because, after 10-plus inches of snow on Christmas Eve, nobody could get out of their driveway. We had very few visitors. It was absolutely lovely, and she was the best Christmas present ever."
10 A Christmas Miracle Before Christmas
Brittany’s baby was due on Christmas day and she was less than thrilled about it. She didn’t want to have a baby on Christmas day for two reasons. One, it would be a less exciting Christmas day for her three older boys. Two, it was make a sucky birthday for baby Eli. Yes, had a fourth boy!
At 2 a.m. on December 23 the contractions started lightly. By 6 a.m. she could no longer lay in bed. Her husband had been sleeping on the couch to give her space. He walked in her room to say goodbye before work and was surprised to find out she was in labor. He did however still go to work, but by 6:45 a.m. Brittany called her husband to come back home. The baby sitter came to their house for the older children and by 10:45 a.m. they were on their way to the hospital.
When Brittany arrived at the hospital she received the royal treatment from staff and was wheeled up to labor and delivery. She was already dilated to 7 cm! She chose to labor in the tub and really enjoyed the Aqua Doula experience. She was rubbed with peppermint and lavender oils that felt so relaxing. A big contraction came and her water broke in the tub. This particular hospital did not allow water births so they made Brittany get out of the tub. She expressed that getting out of the tub was the worst part of labor. She was practically carried to the bed.
“Breath, Brittany, breath,” said her husband.
With a purple face and four hard pushes- out came the head! One more push and the shoulders followed. One last push and out came a perfect precious baby. Elijah was born at 1:34 p.m. with only 12 hours of labor. Brittany was discharged the next morning on Christmas Eve. Her one wish was to be home on Christmas morning with her husband and their boys, and she was, with all five of them!
9 Nature’s Intentions
On Christmas Day 2010, Maggie and Kevin made a tough decision. They desperately wanted a child, but decided if they could not have kids naturally then they would not have them at all. Maggie has PCOS and it was not allowing her body to menstruate. She was told she could never restore her fertility naturally. Women with PCOS typically require the use of fertility drugs in order to conceive.
Over the next couple years, Maggie changed her lifestyle. She became more physically fit, started her own business and found herself spirituality. After 5 years without menstruating she finally had a period! Her dream had come true- naturally resorted fertility.
After 9 months of being pregnant Maggie was ready to have her baby. She was due the week before Christmas and figured she would be home for the holidays. Her due date came and went with no sign of baby. On Christmas Eve Maggie was feeling especially fatigue and disoriented. She assumed it was because of all the holiday excitement and the fact that she was 3 days overdue!
When she started vomiting, Kevin made the call to go to the hospital. Maggie was diagnosed with sever preeclampsia and had an emergency C-section at 12:27 a.m. on Christmas day. Maggie was devastated at the fact she had to have medical intervention. She planned to do a natural birth with no drugs. She also felt robbed at the fact that she wasn’t able to push the baby out herself. It was not her ideal birth but in the end Maggie and her baby girl were both healthy and that alone is a Christmas miracle!
8 Hypnobirthing For the Holidays
Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method was created by a highly awarded hypnotherapist and member of the Harvard University Ford Foundation, Marie “mickey” Mongan M.Ed., M.Hy. Her method takes a gentle view on the birthing process believing that mother and baby were made to do this together. Through deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques mothers can train their brain to stimulate a relaxation response. Hypnobirthing mothers do not describe contractions as painful, but rather as pressure or waves. The principal of this practice is simply mind over matter and there are thousands of women to prove it works.
One thankful hypnobirthing mother gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Christmas Eve. It was 12 hours from the first “surge” to delivery. Not a single drug was used and the mother described her labor as a beautiful experience. She told us that the breathing techniques gave her a calming feeling and kept her focus on everything being normal and natural. The recovery was quick and this lucky mom was able to enjoy Christmas day with her family all thanks to hypnobirthing.
7 A Christmas Birth Story Told By A Photographer
Photographer Christy was so excited to get the opportunity to photograph the birth of a newborn. What she didn’t know is that this birth would be on Christmas morning which made the whole experience even more magical.
It was Christmas Eve when Christy got the call that the baby was coming. When she walked into the room she sat on a corner sofa couch and started capturing the moment. She focused on the clock, it was 11:59, almost Christmas and almost time to push. Next, Christy captured the expressions of the mothers face. The mother looked like a superhero with unending strength. She zoomed out to get the baby’s father in the picture. He looked concerned, hopeful, and held her hand in comfort.
The mother started crowning (those pictures were saved for mom and dad’s eyes only) and with one big push their Christmas miracle had arrived. Christy couldn’t decide whether to capture the moment between the doctor and baby or the mom and dad. She just started snapping with tears rolling down her face.
6 Answered Prayers
On December 23 Jennifer’s water broke while she was sleeping. Except it wasn’t the clear liquid we would expect. It was greenish and foul smelling, which is a sign of meconium in the amniotic fluid. According to Kids Health, if the baby inhales the mixture it can cause meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). This condition has the potential to be serious depending on the amount inhaled. She immediately went to the hospital and when Jennifer’s contractions did not start on their own so she was induced with Pitocin. She was in a lot of pain and when nitrous oxide and morphine didn’t take the edge off Jennifer deicide to get an epidural.
When it was finally time to push Jennifer was beyond the point of exhaustion. The baby was crammed tightly in the birth canal, facing the wrong direction with the cord wrapped around its neck. Jennifer was praying out loud as she was rushed to the operating room for a C-section. Her son was delivered at 3:43 a.m. on December 24. He was a perfectly healthy little girl- the most miraculous Christmas gift a parent can receive.
5 The Ultimate Gift
“Having my baby on Christmas day was the BEST Christmas gift EVER!!” posted onastar.
She was having trouble getting pregnant and had one previous miscarriage. Christmas is a big deal in onastar's family, so having her baby on Christmas day really was the best gift this family could receive. After a long night of Christmas Eve celebrations the parents-to-be went home to relax. A list of numerous events were on the schedule for the next day. At 11:30 p.m. her water broke. She got up and nothing happened. She showered and played with her cat but still nothing. When she tried to go back to sleep the contractions started. Onastar woke her husband up and told him it was time to go. However, they still made time to open each other’s Christmas gifts before leaving for the hospital. It was Christmas morning after all!
They arrived at the hospital around 2:30 a.m. with a friendly staff waiting for them. Onastar’s family arrived at the hospital at 10 a.m. and a precious baby boy was born at 12:04 p.m. on Christmas day! The nurses dressed him in a cute hat that was red, white and green stripes. The family had a large private room and brought Christmas dinner to the hospital. Onastar broke the news to her husband that no Christmas gift would ever top this!
4 A Christmas Scare
An anonymous mom posted her Christmas birth story online. For the purpose of this article we will call her Ashely. On Thursday night, December 22, the contractions started. Ashley kept it to herself throughout the night and waited until the next morning to call her mother and midwife. Ashely had planned a home water birth but wasn’t expecting to go into labor until after the holidays. Her sister and brother-in-law were staying at her house and ended up getting an extra special Christmas surprise during their stay.
Once the birthing pool was set up in the living room Ashely immediately got in. She stayed in the pool with her family by her side watching The Dark Knight and Moulin Rouge. Once the contractions were 3-4 minutes apart her sister called the midwife to come over. Somewhere in the middle of Moulin Rouge active labor kicked in and Ashely started ripping off her bathing suit in front of her brother-in-law.
Just when Ashely thought she wouldn’t last another second it was time to start pushing. She found herself pushing with all her strength and screaming at the top of her lungs. She felt pressure relief with a big rush between her legs. Her water had broken in the birthing pool. During the next few contractions nothing happened until she felt a burning sensation. It was the baby crowning.
The midwife yelled, “His face is out of the water!”
According to Ask Dr. Sears, a baby does fine during a water birth because he is going from water to water. If his face meets the air and then goes back under water that is a problem. Ashely knew this and panicked. She jumped out of the water as fast as she could and stood up with the baby’s head hanging out between her legs. She was waiting for another contraction when the midwife told her to go ahead and push without one. The baby came out, the midwife caught him, and handed him to Ashely.
The baby was blue limp and not breathing. Ashley thought he was dead. The midwife immediately started suctioning him and gave him oxygen. She gently rubbed her hands on him to stimulate him and told Ashley to talk to her baby.
“You’re okay. You’re okay. Come on baby, you’re okay,” Ashely sobbed. The baby opened his eyes and took a breath. Baby Edmund was born on December 23 at 8:32 p.m. Despite his dramatic entrance, Edmond is a very happy and easy baby. Another Christmas miracle!
3 Christmas Connections
Jane spent Christmas Eve at her in laws house. When she started feeling ill her husband took her home and they went to bed. Her water broke in bed at 11 p.m. and they were at the hospital by midnight. Pretty quick considering their bags weren’t even packed. She wasn’t due until January 6th so they were not prepared for a Christmas baby.
The nursing staff was friendly but she experienced some problems with the anesthesiologist. He was slightly rude and spent little time attempting to insert the epidural before giving up. Jane had to endure the pain through the night until another anesthesiologist came on shift the next morning. Her OB warned her not to go into labor on Christmas day because she would not be on call. Jane was off to a rough start and feeling disheartened.
Just when she thought things wouldn’t get any better Jane got her first Christmas gift- her OB doctor showed up to surprise her and it was just in time. When it was time to start pushing Jane gave it everything she had and delivered a healthy baby boy after only 5 pushes. Her and her husband spent Christmas evening in the hospital alone with their baby. Jane enjoyed the intimate time with her husband and new baby. This little family immediately formed a close Christmas connection.
2 It’s Worth the Wait
Bridgett’s baby was due on December 5th. That day came and went. More days went by and then weeks went by and still no baby. One doctor suggested that she was being irresponsible for not inducing. Baby Center states that going past 42 weeks will have increased risks including risk of C-section, the possibility of needing an assisted delivery, the baby pooping in the amniotic fluid and ingesting it (which can cause the baby complications) and an increased chance of a stillbirth.
Bridgett wanted to know what it was like to labor. She wanted the opportunity to go into labor as nature intended. As long as the baby was not in distress she was not going to induce. On December 24th she went to her daily hospital visit and still no sign of baby. He was 19 days overdue!
After her hospital visit she went out to buy a CD. While standing in the checkout line, Bridgett felt a WOOSH of warm water down her legs. Her water had finally broke! She wrapped her coat around her and quickly left the store. Bridgett was in labor for 24 hours. The baby was in a posterior position which made the labor even more excruciating. She reached her hand down and felt his head. Bridgett gave it all she had in one last big push and out came her perfectly healthy Christmas baby Oscar. The wait was definitely worth it!
1 Christmas Evie
On Christmas Eve, Jenny was a week overdue and extremely frustrated. She was lying in bed and at 7:20 a.m. she had her first real contraction. Seven minutes later comes the second contraction. Jenny took a shower and by the end of it the contractions were coming on pretty strong. Her family was in town for the holidays and everyone started getting excited that the baby was finally coming! Jenny’s mom joked and insisted that Jenny’s sister watch her labor as the ultimate birth control.
At 8:35 a.m. Jenny tries to leave for the hospital. With her husband and dad on each side of her she made it to the front porch and that’s when her water broke. She was frozen and refused to get in the car.
“I have to push NOW,” yelled Jenny!
Her dad, who is luckily an OB doctor, said, “Looks like we’re having this baby right here.”
At 8:40 Jenny is back inside her house and laying on her ottoman, yes an ottoman, and the baby is crowning. With her family surrounding her, 2 feet from her Christmas tree, Jenny delivers baby Evie at 8:54 a.m. There was not a dry eye in the house. This family never expected to have the gift of a baby delivered under the tree.