Previous research has documented that abused childbearing women have longer and more difficult labors than non-abused women. Prevalence of abuse differs depending on the ethnic group involved. Hispanic women experience higher rates of abuse and endure higher rates before reporting abuse than do Caucasian women. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of childbearing for abused Hispanic women to provide guidance for clinical practice and further research. Cognitive dissonance theory guided the study. A sample of seven abused Hispanic women was recruited from a rural prenatal clinic. Criteria for selection of subjects included self-identification as Hispanic, less than 24 months postpartum, disclosure of abuse status, and willingness to be interviewed in English or Spanish. An acculturation scale and demographic form were completed. Interviews were conducted individually, and data were analyzed by using Van Kaam's 12-step psycho-phenomenologic technique. Findings indicated that subjects experienced the normal responses associated with having a baby. However, the women also demonstrated a kindled neuroendocrine trauma response that was based on, and often similar to, their prior abuse experiences. The kindled emotional response was triggered by the normative events of childbearing. Understanding of the childbearing experiences of abused Hispanic women will facilitate the development of cultural-specific interventions that may ease the difficulties associated with birth for these women.