A Tale to Tell: Recording your birth story is a gift to yourself, and to your child

Woman writing in a journalThat first tiny cry. Those ten perfect toes. The half-closed eyes peeking out of the swaddling blanket. In the moment you experience these things for the first time, you think that childbirth is completely unforgettable. And, in many ways, it is. But a few months from now you may find yourself asking your husband what time it was you started feeling contractions or whether your little one was 19 or 19 ½ inches long. Life barrels along, with sleepless nights, new adventures, and plenty to keep you busy. The details may start to get fuzzy around the edges.

It is a wonderful idea to take the time in those early days after the birth to write down your birth story. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. You aren't writing for a national magazine or trying to top the bestseller list. You just want to create a snapshot of this amazing moment when your life changed forever. Your child will be able to see what you were thinking and feeling on their very first of all the birthdays to come.

Some questions to get you started:

  • What are some of the details of your conception and pregnancy? Was it an easy journey for you? What were some of the challenges of pregnancy?
  • What were your thoughts and feelings in the days leading up to the birth?
  • Was your labor scheduled, or unexpected? What were you doing when you first realized that you were ready to have a baby?
  • Who was there with you at the hospital?
  • What were the details? Names of your doctors and nurses, time of delivery, weight, length and Apgar scores
  • What were the funny moments of the day? Scary? Touching?
  • What were your thoughts and feelings once you were able to hold your new baby?
  • These details, combined with photographs of the new baby and the excited family members will be a keepsake you can treasure, a story of your new life as a new family.

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A Tale to Tell: Recording your birth story is a gift to yourself, and to your child

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11 comments

  1. Ashley says:

    It’s also important to record the weight, length, score, etc because these are things the doctors will want to know when your child has their first baby.

  2. NaomiGoodlet says:

    I loved writing my story. I shared it on my old blog years ago.

  3. Hillary says:

    I’ve been using a pregnancy journal that I got around 14 weeks to keep track of the journey and I am so glad. It helps me vent about the negative and remember the positive changes at the same time. I would definitely keep another one in the future.

  4. Karleen says:

    I am definitely going to use these questions to write my birth story. I kept a journal with both pregnancies but I didn’t write a birth story with my daughter. She’s 2 1/2 yr old now so I think I’m going to write her’s now and prepare to write me son’s in a couple of months.

  5. I’ve kept a journal since I found out I was pregnant. I am so happy I did! I will never forget the day I heard her heartbeat, felt her move the first time. Some things I completely forgot about and went back and read it, it’s an awesome way to rejog your memory.

  6. MAMASEXXY says:

    I DON’T PLAN TO WRITE EVER DETAIL BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET ANY OF IT.

  7. Adilene46 says:

    I WILL THINK ABOUT THAT…WHILE I AM IN THE HOSPITAL…;)

  8. MamaCat says:

    I wrote down all the quirky stories from my first pregnancy as well as what my daughters birth was like and put it in her baby book. I’m doing the same for my second. I am a writer so to me it made sense to document such an important event in my life. I should do the same for my wedding day – remember that like it was yesterday and it was almost 9 years ago!

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