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To prefer factual birth announcements to the more flowery ones?

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Molehillmountain Tue 02-Oct-12 19:46:54

I love hearing about new babies. The facts themselves, date, time, sex, weight and basic how everyone's doing get me welled up. Don't need any info about the labour at that point. I fear I might be a bit traditional or a grump.

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Oct-12 19:49:12

I know what you mean Mole. I like to hear sex and weight and that everyone is ok.
Save the birth story for later. wink

monkeysbignuts Tue 02-Oct-12 19:49:43

so you don't want to know about the birth just the outcome?

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:10

TBH I am not keen on birth stories, but don't need to know as soon as the baby has arrived.

Molehillmountain Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:32

I do definitely want to hear about the birth, but if I'm close enough to be hearing a birth story its nicer to hear it in person and if I'm not close enough then I guess it feels a bit intimate to hear about via text or whatever.

AnOldieButNotSoGoody Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:38

I love the telegraph or times ones.

The names are poncetastic.

Love it.

McHappyPants2012 Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:55

I love birth stories, I feel rather privlidged when some one tells me a birth story as it is such a private thing.

halloweeneyqueeney Tue 02-Oct-12 19:54:35

YANBU, when the full birth story is sent on en masse!
some people like hearing about it some don't, I don't! but get group emails with whole birth stories.

IMO its fine if someone shows an interest in that side of things, but some people don't care if you want to hear or not, or just assume you do because you're female!

Molehillmountain Tue 02-Oct-12 19:54:36

I find the flowery language people use a bit much too sometimes-it's an amazing thing, a new baby, and the facts seem to make it more profound. Telling me how amazingly beautiful they are seems superfluous really-of course they are.

RubyFakeNails Tue 02-Oct-12 19:56:16

All I ever want to know is the name.

Find it very irritating when I read through some essay about the miracle of life to find the name is yet to be picked.

snigger Tue 02-Oct-12 19:58:06

I hate other peoples birth stories.

I slip into a trance state at any mention of the word epidural.

CanIOfferYouAPombear Tue 02-Oct-12 19:59:14

I actually like hearing birth stories and I love telling my birth story to people that are interested. I have a few friends who wanted lots of details after I had DS, I've heard their birth stories in great detail as well! I also love hearing new parents gushing over how beautiful their newborn is, it makes me happy smile

I can see why some people dont like this sort of thing though so YANBU

3monkeys3 Tue 02-Oct-12 20:00:12

We mentioned the length of labour with my ds1 as it was monumental! That was the only time we went into more detail than name, sex, weight, time though!

snigger Tue 02-Oct-12 20:00:47

Proper can't bear it when it gets all poetic.

"As the sun crested the horizon, Tabitha crowned."

Feck off, Tabby, your every sports day triumph, your first lisping sentence, all is polluted by the mental scar that is you, crowning, out of our previously reserved and mannerly friend.

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Oct-12 20:01:11

I sit and listen attentively wishing the story could be more 'in a nutshell'. grin

halloweeneyqueeney Tue 02-Oct-12 20:04:00

the worst is how every stage is given a whole parragraph or 3 mins (if spoken), even the bits where nothing really happened, like what they ate and what they watched on tv during early contractions! or the bit where their DH goes to the vending machine.. or the joke the DH made to the MW thats not funny if you're not on G&A

monkeysbignuts Tue 02-Oct-12 20:10:37

I only give a birth story on my due in forum. I would never dream of sending my dad or uncle a blow by blow account of what happened. Essentials via text, name, time of birth, weight, sex and that's it. If anyone asks then I tell.
I am very self conscious when giving birth and afterwards I feel horribly embarrassed so tend to skip that part with family and close friends.

EllenParsons Tue 02-Oct-12 22:07:52

Hahaha at snigger smile

WhispersOfWickedness Tue 02-Oct-12 22:18:35

I love birth stories! But I appreciate that not everyone wants to hear them, so only told mine to those who asked grin
Am feeling deprived at the moment, after a mini baby boom amongst my friends and family the past few years, all apart from one appear to be taking a break at the moment, so I am lacking in birth stories to listen to sad Might have to start hanging round the childbirth topic to get my fix grin

Molehillmountain Tue 02-Oct-12 22:29:43

Snigger grin That is exactly the kind of thing I'm on about. I don't need to know the weather conditions and I prefer born to any other wordy ethereal phrase. I have an absolute recent gem in mind but I just can't type it for fear of being outed. Birth announcements that are factual make me think fondly of my own dc births and part of a big, powerful club of people who git babies into the world one way or another. The ones that talk about how bloody marvellous a job x did of it all make me feel small and inadequate. Private pride, sharing details on enquiry.

I want to know mum is ok, baby is safe and well. Name, weight, date is a nice to have. Birth stories leave me sobbing in a corner

One day I will send a text/call/email simply saying "mum and baby doing well" with possibly weight and gender. It will mean the world.

dysfunctionalme Tue 02-Oct-12 23:00:42

Oh they are so cringey

Molehillmountain Wed 03-Oct-12 06:36:27

I've been there, Anothercereal, which is part of why I don't like the embellishments. I used to have very strong emotions whenever I read announcements and somehow just reading the facts allowed me space to deal with them and feel more okay about it. And sending ours was wonderful after reading so many and never thinking it would be our turn.

RabbitsMakeGOLDEggs Wed 03-Oct-12 06:53:22

I like my birth story. Four pushes and she was out.

Mine wasnt too dissimilar rabbits, but I purposely didnt text it to the world in case anyone thought I was boasting, esp as two friends gave birth in the weeks before me, one back to back, loooong labour and epidural, and the other pph and blood transfusion!!

I like labour stories, but have never gotten any more than the basic details and a pic. My friends (close family yet to have babies, I'm the eldest...) just arent very poetic grin

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