… stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize … stories can also repair that broken dignity.
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Here at The Mama Collective, we collect stories- stories of pregnancy, labour and the early days of motherhood.
Stories are powerful. They stick with people, leave an impact, and move people to action. Stories are windows into people’s lives. They give a glimpse of both brokenness and beauty. Sharing these stories allow us to connect with one another, to know that we are not alone; to inspire, and demonstrate what we can be capable of. Stories give hope.
The stories of many girls and women go unheard. Their circumstances do not allow them to speak up and their experiences are lost. This is why it is important for YOU to tell your story. By simply sharing your own birth experience, you help raise awareness about maternal health; you initiate a conversation about issues otherwise hidden in the shadows.
Mamas, whether your pregnancy or labour was smooth sailing, you encountered a complication or you are grateful for the health care you received, share your birth story with us. Men, if you’ve watched your partners suffer through pain or demonstrate strength and resilience during pregnancy or childbirth, you have a story to tell too.
We will feature these birth experiences here on The Mama Collective blog. Please come back later to peruse through our collection of birth stories to learn, bond and be moved.
If you would like to share your birth story or pregnancy experience, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.