Steven & Kimra
I think like so many, we were extremely skeptical with the idea of putting our profile online. It seemed like we would be making something so very private and intimate very public. Although we were very leery, we had been less than welcomed by many traditional adoption workers. We didn’t fit the mold that they were looking for. We were an “older” couple (40’s), with 3 children, with a rather unique life and parenting style…and more ...
Now that your little one is safely tucked in his/her bassinet, you may think that your pregnancy journey is over. There is one more thing that you can do to complete your journey- and that is to write a birth story. This personal recollection of the birth and days leading up to it, can be something that your family can cherish for many years to come. The trick is to speak from your heart- while it is still fresh in your mind.
So what does a birth story contain? Pretty much anything that you want it to! You can include details of the birth itself, whether you used pain management, how long you labored, and how you felt afterwards. What were you doing the day before you begin to labor? Were you at work, washing baby clothes, or maybe getting your toenails painted? All of these details will help you remember the day years down the line. Don't forget to include your feelings about the event. Was it love at first site or did it take a while for the two of you to get to know each other? Where you together moments after the birth, or was the baby taken to the nursery for monitoring and bathing? There is no wrong answer, so speak from your heart. There were no doubt good and bad moments during the birth of your baby, so include it all.
Many moms choose to include other family member's recollections into their birth stories as well. Did dad watch the whole thing? Did he get to cut the cord or watch behind the curtain during a c-section? Let him include his thoughts and feelings on the day as well. Maybe a big brother or sister has their own thoughts on the day- include those as well.
Once you are done with your birth story you can share it via a web blog or website, or simply include it in your baby book. The choice is up to you!