SECOND LABOR: Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories

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SECOND LABOR: Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories by Chaya Kasse Valier


Everyone asks about your birth story, but what about after that? The postpartum period – the time frame after giving birth - can affect mothers and families as much as the birth itself, if not more.

Second Labor features twenty-four mothers’ unique, personal experiences after having a baby. Their stories are bold, honest, and reflective. You’ll grab for the tissue box, laugh out loud, or both.

Watch this short trailer about SECOND LABOR - the book and the "Mamalogues."

These personal stories provide validation for other mothers, as well as insights for anyone supporting postpartum women, whether you’re family, a friend, or a professional. From a first baby to a fifth, in expected or unexpected circumstances, Second Labor gives voice to a wide spectrum of stories about what life is truly like with a new baby.


Second Labor has earned coveted reviews in Publishers Weekly and Readers' Favorite.


"...Birth stories are perceived as sexy, while the postpartum period is seen as anything but. Yet postpartum is full of stories..."

While birth stories are welcome in our culture, post-birth stories are not given a forum. Birth stories are perceived as sexy, while the postpartum period is seen as anything but. Birth is finite, whereas postpartum goes on for a while, and therefore seemingly doesn’t lend itself to the buildup-crescendo-conclusion of a story. Yet postpartum is full of stories, and this anthology seeks to fill our culture’s postpartum story gap by giving voice to a wide spectrum of experiences.

Some examples of topics include the breastfeeding-versus-formula quandary, not loving the baby until after a few months, razor-at-wrist postpartum depression, “rebirthing” a baby with Down syndrome, homebirths, C-sections, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), a baby “so good you could have ordered her from a catalog,” and many other enlightening and touching stories. Because each mother wrote so honestly, this anthology validates mothers and families, as well as provides detailed insights for anyone working with postpartum women.

There are plenty of postpartum books on the market – most of them how-tos for baby’s first year, or dedicated specifically to postpartum depression, or one person’s autobiographical account of new motherhood. This anthology, by contrast, uses the model of multiple personal tales, fostering connection with a range of experiences. In turn, the stories raise awareness about the need for physical, emotional, and mental support for postpartum mothers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998855103
Publisher: Chaya Kasse Valier
Publication date: 08/13/2017
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,034,328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Chaya Kasse Valier works as a content writer, doula and ‎masseuse, and studies midwifery with mentors. She grew ‎up in the Washington, DC area from age nine, prior to ‎which her family lived in a few other US cities, Barbados, ‎and Spain. Chaya graduated from the University of Florida, ‎and then made her home in Jerusalem, where she and her ‎husband met in 2001. They are blessed with four girls and a ‎boy.‎

Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, PLLC is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington,
DC, and Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional
Psychology, Washington DC campus. Dr. Clark has been featured in
TIME, Forbes, Huffington Post, Parents, Men's Health, SELF,
and other publications.

Table of Contents




I. First Baby: Why Didn’t Anyone Warn Me?

  1. Getting It
  2. Walking the Talk
  3. A Dose of Humor, A Dose More of Knowledge
  4. Advice
  5. Take It Easy
  6. On a Plane at Three Weeks
  7. Still Today

II. Siblings: When Baby Makes Four (or More)

  1. Family Anew
  2. At Wits’ End
  3. VBAC Hopeful
  4. Power of the Positive
  5. A Support System
  6. Empowered
  7. The Need for Trust
  8. Of Many Homes
  9. Angel Baby

II. Unusual Circumstances

  1. This Time Twins
  2. Born Perfect
  3. Healing
  4. Losing My Second
  5. Rebirthing
  6. Already Responsible
  7. Making It Happen
  8. The Adoption Option


Your Post-Birth Story

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SECOND LABOR: Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be found on every parent's bookshelf. Having a baby is so exciting... and then reality hits. New parents can feel so alone, never realizing that their experience is common and that their difficulties, mild or severe, can be overcome with time and/or reaching out to friends and family and/or expert treatment. Sometimes it's just wonderful, and sometimes the Baby Blues hit hard -- whatever your experience, you'll find it reflected in one of these stories. More than an entertaining read, this book could be critical to the wellbeing of countless couples.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite It seems that every mother is more than willing to share her pregnancy and labor stories, but what about after the baby is born? Why is this topic taboo? Second Labor (Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories) by Chaya Kasse Valier is a realistic look into the true-life experiences of two dozen mothers' labor and after birth accounts. As the author has said, there is always a post-birth story. So why do people focus on the birth story? Could it be that mothers are too ashamed to admit the fear, pain, and imbalances they experience in the post-partum months? This book shows post-partum for what it is; at times uncomfortable, at others traumatizing, or simply effortless and joyous. Revealing the stories behind the stories, these women recount their first baby post-birth experiences honestly and with courage. Showing the unglamorous, and sometimes messy side of first-time parenting, this book delves into the true meaning of parenthood. If you think you are a terrible person for struggling to connect to your new baby, or you have started resenting junior for crying incessantly, do not despair! There are many other parents just like you. Take a look at the realistic side of life after birth and laugh and cry with the brave mothers that have challenged society's rules to tell the real stories of post-partum. Second Labor (Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories) by Chaya Kasse Valier is a heartwarming compilation of narratives for new mothers, written by new and seasoned mothers. I found this book to be refreshingly honest. I remember feeling like a failure as a new mother when everything seemed to go wrong. I certainly would have benefited from this book; it would have been nice to know that other mothers aren't perfect also! I would recommend this book to soon-to-be, new and seasoned parents, as every birthing parent can relate and sympathize with at least one story in this indispensable parenting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a niche book that explores a topic heretofore not acknowledged: really talking about the postpartum experience - no matter what the experience. It touches the reader with empathy, tears, chuckles, and enlightenment. Perfect purchase and/or gift for parents of children of ANY age - from parents of newborns to those already grandparents. Good job, Ms. Valier. - Judy Green (PS I tried to leave this under my name but B&N always reverts back to "Anonymous.")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a father, I didn't expect to even read this book, but I picked up my wife's copy, and couldn't put it down. I so appreciated reading these honest stories about what it was really like for these women after they had a baby. I only wish I would have read this before we started to have children (we now have five!). The stories are not only informative, they are really well-written and engaging - as I said it was hard to put down - I finished it within the weekend. Thank you to Chaya Kasse Valier and all of the contributing writers for getting this topic brought out in the open.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could REALLY relate to so many of the stories in this book. I didn't realize that I was having serious problems postpartum - because I didn't know I could talk about it. When mothers read this book, they will know that what they are experiencing is either normal, or they will know if they need professional help with depression.This book can help so many mothers feel validated, and/or get the help they need. - Esther, Mother of Six