Babies come into the world in a multitude of ways and they all can be empowering. Let's surround pregnant women, especially first-time ones, with positive stories about births that went well. Many stories aren’t about perfectly-comfortable, easy births, but all of them celebrate the experience and marvel at the ways babies arrive into the world. All of them show concrete examples of how strong and capable our bodies and minds are. These stories need to be shared!
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D. H. Lawrence
D. H. Lawrence
There is no template to follow or expectation from us; please write your birth story in any way that helps you see your experience how you need to. To get you started we have put together a few prompts to get you started. It's your story to tell so by no means do you have to use them.
A few prompts to get you started
- What happened leading up to labour starting? When did you arrive at the hospital or birth center, and how did you know it was time?
- How did your labour start? What do you remember thinking and feeling at this time?
- Who was with you, and did you feel supported?
- What did contractions feel like? How long did you push?
- What emotions do you still feel when you think about your birth? Are there any funny, quirky, or unexpected parts that replay in your mind?
- What techniques did you use from your KG Hypnobirthing class?
- What thoughts did you have when you first saw/heard/touched your baby?
- When you talk to your partner or others present for the birth, what were their perceptions of events during your labour?
- How are you feeling postpartum? How are you being supported at this time?