Pregnancy, birthing and bonding with the newborn baby are significant phases in a woman’s journey to motherhood. Women when given the right knowledge as part of the preparation, enjoy a positive birthing experience. This essentially means she has been given the freedom to make choices during labour, assured of a birth companion of her choice, encouraged to birth in the position she feels comfortable and finally enjoys holding her baby to her chest (skin-to-skin). This kind of a birth where there has been no medical intervention is termed a natural birth. Women who experience this, feel confident, empowered and fulfilled. They are indeed happy mothers with happy babies. Their stories must be told and shared with other mothers / parents-to-be.
Birthing stories when shared can help an expectant mother in the following ways:
- Provides information and knowledge
Expectant mothers who hear birth stories get enlightened / educated and are encouraged to seek care givers who will help them enjoy similar positive births. These stories help women to have confidence in their own bodies and in their ability to birth. more “Why should women share their birthing experiences?”