Welcome to our Birth Stories page. Please enjoy the stories that our members (past and present) have kindly shared with us so that we can share them with you. If you would like to share your story, please be in touch. Reading and sharing birth stories is an important part of making birth (and homebirth) normal in our society.
Carla Sargeant, author of “Where the Heart Is – Stories of Homebirth in New Zealand” shares her thoughts on the importance of recording your birth story in her blog here. With her permission we share some excerpts with you below.
“Whether your own experience of giving birth was one you would describe as beautiful or traumatic, empowering or disempowering, it is your story, and there are many reasons why it is one worth recording. It is an important piece of your history and something that helped shape you into the mother you are today.”
“If you are someone who feels very positive about your birth experience, writing your story can provide many other valuable benefits, especially if you feel willing to share your story with others. At the very least, your child’s birth story will likely become a valuable record for them when they are to become a parent themselves.”
Below are some tips to get you started:
- Write your story from your heart
- Birth stories are told in many different ways include your own story, Dad’s story, sibling story, midwife story and even ‘fly on the wall’ or a photographic journey.
Some things you may like to think about and include are:
- When, how and why you choose homebirth
- The build up to labour (hours, days, weeks!)
- Preparing your space for birth
- When you knew this was real labour
- Who you chose as support people
- Your relationship with your midwife
- Something about your partner
- The progression of your labour
- Moments in during labour/birth which are memorable to you
- The sounds, tastes, smells you recall
- How you coped with surges
- What you did during resting phases
- What your other children did during the labour and birth
- The birthing stage – who was there, how did you feel, what were you thinking, what sounds were you making, the moment you saw your baby – what did you see, how did you feel?
- Birthing the placenta
- Feeding the first time
- How you felt afterwards
- What was special about being at home
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