Any mother knows, birthing a child is a labor of love. Inspired by a discussion amongst the writers on Eco Child’s Play about our births and the safety of home births in particular, we decided to share our labor experiences with our readers. One of the things we hold in common as eco parents is our desire for a natural birth, however, we may not always experience the birth we envisioned. From VBACS to home water births, our experiences are diverse, and we want to share them with you. We believe what is important about birth is that parents are given an educated choice about how and where their baby is born, as well as be flexible to deal with any medical issues that arise.
We don’t only want to tell our birth stories; we want to hear your stories too! As a pregnant woman, I could not read or hear enough women’s birth stories, because they were all unique and different. The experience is not the same for any two women. By sharing our stories, we hope to build a community of parents who can support and share with one another. Therefore, we are hosting a Labor of Love contest!
Did you know that there is an Eco Child’s Play Green Family & Child board on the Green Options Forum? As part of our Labor of Love series, we would like you to participate in our forum discussion by sharing and/or commenting on birth stories. Each time you participate in this forum thread, you will be entered to win a pair of IsaBooties or Envirosax. We will be randomly selecting two winners from the forum participants. We want to hear your birth stories!
Beyond birth stories, we will be sharing our thoughts on other natural birth topics. Courtney will be interviewing doulas and midwives, Jennifer will be writing about home births and essential books on natural birth, Lee will be writing about her decision not to have children, and much, much more. Guest writers will be joining us, and of course, we will be sharing our birth stories. We all have different perspectives; we all had different outcomes.
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