Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Birth Story Project

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Tell Your Story

We would love to hear it.

There are lots of places online to read blow-by-blow descriptions of the physical process
of giving birth. What's harder to find is descriptions of what these experiences meant to
the women who had them.

We crave your deepest stories.

Tell us your joy and sorrow, your pain and bliss. Tell us your trauma or grief, and tell us how you have healed it. (And if you haven't, please find someone compassionate--a therapist or a trained coach--to talk to. No one deserves to live in pain.) Tell us how amazing you were, or how afraid you were. Tell us what it was like to go to the abyss and come back with a baby. Or just tell us about your stitches or your fantastic placenta--we're not afraid of gory details. Blood and transcendence all wrapped up together--that's usually how motherhood delivers it.

Please note that no one can comment on individual stories.

This is a place of safety and respect. Every woman's birth experience deserves a rapt audience and compassionate ears. It also deserves a whole lot of celebration, which is why we have a community Facebook page.

For Submission Guidelines & Details

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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