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Nourish Yourself with Birth Stories - For a More Harmonious Birth

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by | 4 views

by Megumi Burr

Compassion Tree Mama Care Services

When I was growing up, I knew very little about birth. The few stories and images I did receive either glossed over the details, or seemed dramatic, stressful, and disempowering. Many pregnant mamas in our culture share this background.

When I discovered the natural and conscious birth community, I was nourished by its stories and images rich with emotional and physical experiences of birth. I was relieved and empowered by this community that celebrates the beauty of birth and honors it as foundation of a secure, loving relationship between baby and his or her family and world.

One of the most important supports a pregnant mama can have is knowing success stories of healthy, safe and joyful births. Surrounding yourself with these stories makes it easier to create that possibility for yourself.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Websites dedicated to natural and conscious birth are a great resource for loving first-hand accounts of birth. Natural Baby Pros' Forum has a section devoted to Birth Stories. The HypnoBirthing Institute also has a Birth Stories Forum, at
  • Get your stories live by joining a community of pregnant and new mamas/parents focused on natural and conscious birth. For pregnant and new mamas in the Bay Area, I host Mama Walks in nature.
  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin Includes story after story of births, spanning more than three decades of midwifery by reknowned Ina May and her team.
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley A great guide to conscious birth and parenting, including internationally acclaimed Sarah's stories of her four children's births.
  • Birth As We Know It, DVD by director Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova The eleven natural births in this film are some of the most beautiful images of birth I've seen. A ten-minute promotional trailer can be viewed online at

If you are pregnant, surrounding yourself with birth stories and images like these can profoundly influence your trust in your body's and baby's natural wisdom, and allow a more harmonious birth. Enjoy!

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