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Birth stories

‘Every birth is different, but every birth is BIRTH’

There is surely nothing more wondrous, profound and awe-inspiring than the birth of a baby! Every birth is different and sharing and reading birth stories – whether from the point of view of mum or dad / partner – can be hugely beneficial for all kinds of reasons:

  • They help us reflect on and process our own feelings, experiences, beliefs, judgements, wishes.
  • They help us understand better how births can unfold, and how each is unique.
  • They help reassure us that sometimes things don’t go as planned, but that we nevertheless find our way through.

Here, mums and dads share their stories of births in Belgium. Enjoy!

A doula’s dream birth – Thainy & Kaël’s big day

Brazilian doula and mum-of-two, Thainy Macêdo, lets us share the story of her son Kaël's beautiful birth, in words and pictures. Enjoy!!

My three preemies – Violaine’s story

Violaine Carnoy tells about the births of her three children - now aged 16, 14 and 12 - who were all born premature.

Breastfeeding – tongue tie and exclusive pumping

"I had plans to breastfeed our daughter for as long as possible, as I did for her brother. After a great...
Birth story - the village - Julie and newborn Abe

Abe’s birth, a new journey to motherhood!

So Cocoon doula and mum of 4, Julie Denil, shares the story of the birth of her son, Abe — baby no. 4 and her first boy! Find out how the right support helped protect Julie's birth bubble.

London baby!

While this is not a 'Belgian' birth, we're delighted that Brussels-based Irish mum Jessica has shared the movie-worthy storyline of her daughter Noa's birth with us!

A gentle welcome via cesarean – one mum’s Brussels birth story

Kasia Ortiz shares how finding the right medical team meant she could make her medically-needed cesarean as natural as possible.

The midwife calls the midwife – Hanne’s birth story

Zwanger in Brussel midwife shares the story of the birth of her first child, her daughter Cécile. With an induction almost on the cards, Hanne knew that her baby would find her own way. A beautiful homebirth, surrounded by her partner and colleagues.

Home for the holidays – Marcus’ December homebirth

As soon as Brussels-based American mum Emily Gold found out she was pregnant for the first time, she knew she wanted to give birth at home. Emily shares the story of Marcus' birth.

Conall’s birth

This is the story of the birth of Conall, born to American mum Becca. Becca had both her children while living in Brussels. You can also read the story of the birth of Becca's first child, Una, in 2012, right here.

Jennifer’s birth stories – Part 2: William’s birth

Swedish-born Jennifer shares the story of her second son, William, born in Onze Lieve Vrouw Ziekenhuis in Mechelen.

Jennifer’s birth stories – Part 1: August’s birth

Swedish-born Jennifer shares the story of her first son, August, born via emergency c-section in Onze Lieve Vrouw Ziekenhuis in Mechelen.

Una’s birth

American mum Becca had both of her children in Brussels. This is the story of the birth of her first child, her daughter Una, born in 2012.

Boy 3 – Callum’s birth

Siobhán McGonigle, founder of the village, has three boys, all born in Belgium. This is story of Callum, her third son, born...

Littlest Sprout’s birth story

Sandra Amorim is mum to two beautiful, active boys born in 2009 and 2012 in Brussels. Sandra is Portuguese-American and lived in...

My Birth Story

Portuguese-American mum Sandra Amorim tells the story of the birth of her first Brussels Sprout in 2009.

The first village baby – Eamon’s birth

Siobhán McGonigle, founder of the village, has three boys, all born in Belgium. This is story of Eamon, her first son, born...

Dad’s eye view – the births of F and C

Irish-born Stephen tells us about the births of his two children, born in 2015 and 2017 in Brussels.

Just Jack – Siobhán’s birth story

Siobhán McGonigle, founder of the village, has three boys, all born in Belgium. This is the story of Jack, her second son, born in December 2009.

Pam’s birth stories – Lucas and Oliver

Taiwanese-born Pam tells us about the births of her two sons in Brussels.