Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters

Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters

by Jaime Fleres

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BN ID: 2940154983546
Publisher: Jaime Fleres
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,043,546
File size: 656 KB

Table of Contents



PART ONE: Why Write

Chapter 1: We are Storytellers

Chapter 2: We Write to Remember

Chapter 3: We Write to Process

Betsy’s Story

Chapter 4: We Write to Claim

Aubrey’s Story

Chapter 5: We Write to Heal

Birth Trauma

Birth Loss

Katie’s Story

Healing Past Traumas and Pains Called up by Birth

Healing that which Surrounds our Birth

Billy's Story

Chapter 6: We Write to Honor

Lindsay’s Stories

Chapter 7: Father’s and Partner’s Stories

Lance’s Story

Jason’s Story

PART TWO: Anatomy of a Birth Story

Chapter 8: Master Narratives

Alex’s Story

Chapter 9: Birth Story Narrative Arc

The Opening: Exposition

Brandon’s Story

Rising Action


Falling Action

Lauren’s Story

Resolution or Revelation

Chapter 10: The Birth Story Layers

Our Story Skin

Our Story Muscles

Hope’s Story

Our Story Bones

Kelsey’s Story

Weaving these Layers into Narrative

Chapter 11: Birth Stories through Time

Jaime’s Story and Poem

PART THREE: How To Write

Chapter 12: Getting Started

Setting an Intention

Making a Plan

Chapter 13: Ways into Your Story

Take Note

Sensory Markers

Cut to the Essence: Key Words

Key Questions

Create a Map



Chapter 14: Removing Writing Blocks

“I don’t have enough time”

“I am not a good writer”

“I am afraid to admit the truth of my experience”

“I am afraid of what others will think”

Chapter 15: Writing the First Draft

Tools for the Job

Let it flow

Be Authentic

Dustin’s Story

Offer details and engage the senses

Don’t just report, reflect

Use Dialogue

Nick’s Story

Chapter 16: Writing about Trauma

Chapter 17: After your first draft

Let it sit and breathe

Reflect and deepen

Connect with your birth support

Consider audience


Save it

Write it again

Chapter 18: Sharing Your Story

Sharing to connect

Vanessa’s story

Sharing to heal

Sharing with our children

Sharing to shape culture

When not to share

Celebrate and return


Appendix A: Wisdom of Birth

Appendix B: Chart of Birth Story Layers

Appendix C: The Birth Story Guide

Appendix D: Birth Story Meditation

Appendix E: Qoya-based Movement Ritual

Appendix F: Using Non Violent Communication to Process Birth Trauma in Writing

Appendix G: Additional Writing Prompts



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