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