We asked 10 women to describe birth in one sentence. The results were eye-opening.

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Thanks to our brand partner, Westpac

For someone who is NOT pregnant (and doesn’t plan on it anytime soon) I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about giving birth.

What will it feel like? What will I see? What are the strongest drugs I can procure? What if I *gasp* tear down there?

I figure for women who actually are growing a real live human being in their womb, the fear must be magnified to the point where they simply cross their legs and say, ‘not today!’

So being the intrepid journalist I am, I went out in search of some mums who could share what birth REALLY feels like.

LISTEN: Bec Judd shares her own birth experience on the Hello Bump podcast.

Here’s what these wise women had to say…


“My body went into primitive mode and I couldn’t control anything, the contractions were so involuntary they just took over my entire body and I could do nothing about it except ride it out.” – Saengtip

“To steal a line from Johnny Cash, it feels like ‘a ring of fire.'”  – Laura

“It’s confronting, transforming, exceptionally painful and two days of my life I wish I could live again.” – Holly

“I was really hurling and on the second hurl I felt a ‘pop’ between my legs.” – Anon

“The contractions felt like heavy period pains and got steadily worse, until all of a sudden I felt like I needed to push.” – Jessica

“It was short and intense, I ordered the epidural after 30 contractions, I was like, ‘this is disgusting, I hate this pain.'” – Tiffiny Hall

“It was really beautiful and empowering, I felt so strong.” – Cindy

“It should have been really scary but I felt so safe and I felt so supported.” – Kate

“I felt like I was drunk, the world never stopped spinning.” – Anon

“When your water breaks it’s just oozing and oozing and oozing, it’s gross!” – Bec Judd

Listen to the full episode of Hello Bump, all about the big event, below:

This content was created with thanks to our brand partner Westpac.

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Good financial habits, when started early, can make a lifelong impact which is why Westpac has partnered with Mamamia to develop a new podcast series. "Hello, Bump" aims to help mums-to-be prepare physically, emotionally and financially for a child. As part of its 200th anniversary celebrations, Westpac is offering every baby born in 2017 $200 in a Bump Savings account which they can withdraw when they turn 16, if their parent or guardian opens the account in their name between 8 April 2017 and 31 May 2018. Conditions apply. Click here to find out more.