I'm not alone here when I say I've read a lot of birth stories. Real and fictional, believable and way out there. By now, I've probably read over a thousand stories of IRL births. The more descriptive they are, the better.
But something I can't ever remember anyone talking about is what labor and birth smelled like. Plenty about the sights and sounds and feelings, but the only thing about the smells would be things like scented candles/oil/other labor aids, and I know what that smells like.
I know we don't use our noses for a whole lot compared to most animals, so taking note of smells during labor and birth is not high on our priorities. I know some things are givens: I know what BO smells like, I know what blood smells like, I know what, um, less pleasant body excretions that happen during birth sometimes smell like. But does, for instance, amniotic fluid have a smell, especially when one's water breaks? Does a baby have any kind of relatable smell when it's born? I'd love to know.
So, today being Labor Day, it seems like a good time to ask for input, both for my own reference and for others'. The reader in me wants to take in everything he can about things that catch his interest, and the writer in me has to know it to make his stories better. Information can come from any kind of experience, your own or others'.
Honestly, it smelled like blood and shit.
Don't open this Pandora's Box. PLEASE.
So I'm not missing anything. Good to know.>>7350
Excuse me for wanting to learn.
You're excused. We hope you've learned your lesson.
First of all, Evertide I love your writing!
I've never experienced birth personally so I can't weigh in, but I have read in multiple blogs and posts from doulas and midwives that labor and birth have a specifically earthy smell. Amniotic fluid I've heard smells kind of sweet and basic, opposed to the acidic and ammonia smell of urine.
Thank you, pregnonymous fan.
Also, thank you for the information, that's very good to know too.