Family childbirth stories

09Mar10

In discovering the world of books related to childbirth, there are books that seem to come highly recommended from natural childbirth advocates: “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”, “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth”, and “Childbirth Without Fear”.  One of my favorites is definitely “Birthing From Within” from Pam England.

One of the MANY tidbits of wisdom from this great book include collecting birth stories from your family members.  Questions to ask include:

  • What helped you the most in labor?
  • If you could do it over again, would you do it the same way?
  • What do you wish you would have known beforehand?

You can personally interview your family members or send them a letter and ask them to fill in the blanks and return it.  You would be surprised to find out how different birthing is now compared to 30 years ago, and 60 years ago.

Also this is a productive way of dealing with all of the birth stories people will tell you without your permission. Interrupt them (politely) and ask these questions instead!  Wouldn’t it be great to pass these stories along to your daughter one day?

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