Thursday, December 18, 2008

Speaking of Stories

Karen Garland-Kidder and Joni James of A Perfect Birth in Maine are putting together a book of collected stories by and about mothers meeting their babies: birth sotries, fertility stories, adoption stories, and so on.

Here is what they say:
Any amazing or wonderful occurrence; a marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act as a divine agent.

When a woman births her child in whichever way her body chooses, it cannot be called anything but a miracle. To embrace your birth, whether you planned for a vaginal birth and your body chose a caesarean or going into labor you told yourself “no drugs” , but at the last minute your body cried out for relief, it is nothing less than your miracle, your birth, your moment of motherhood.

A woman comes to define herself by her birth. It is the moment that she becomes “Mother”. Over the last decade, the movement toward natural and mother-led childbirth has led us to a beautiful embrace of a woman’s natural abilities. With this transition, however has also come pressure to birth naturally, both from the woman herself and also from society. When a woman fails to obtain her “perfect birth”, it often leads to regret, depression and a feeling of inadequacy.

Our purpose is to allow women to share their birth stories, to work through them, embrace them, and then share them with the world so that all can see that birth is not defined by one woman’s experience but by the community of the mothers of the world. To show women that there is perfection in each and birth.

We would like to invite you to join us in creating a book of compiled birth stories. Our purpose in writing this book is to examine the different ways that children come into our lives. We would like to include a diverse collection of stories from c-sections, adoptions, vaginal births, fertility issues, unique labor experiences and any other birth stories that tell a tale of mother and child uniting.

If you or someone you know may be interested in submitting a story, please feel free to copy and distribute the following information. We are exited to share with the world the stories that make each birth perfect and unique.

Thank you for helping us on this journey to help encourage women to embrace their
~For more information or for a release form to participate, please feel free to send us an email.

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