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.

Submission Guidelines & Details

  • Please email your story to thebirthstoryproject@gmail.com
  • The subject line should be: “Birth Story Submission.”
  • Paste your story into the body of your email; please don’t attach documents. Be sure to separate out paragraphs with double space lines, because some formatting may be lost in your mail.
  • Stories can be as short as a single sentence. Even a short paragraph encapsulating what giving birth meant to you is totally welcome. At the other end of the spectrum, please try to keep your story under 2500 words.
  • We don’t edit, censor, or proofread your stories, so please be careful to polish your text and use spell-check, or have a literary friend give it a quick screen. You are welcome to post as Anonymous or make up a name (like, Epidural in Airdale or Homebirth In Holland). You are also very welcome to post your real name, and we think that it’s pretty awesome when women do that.  If you have a blog or a website you’d like listed with your name, you are welcome to list that too. BE SURE to list your name/alias and website exactly the way you want it listed, and place it at both the beginning AND end of your story.  If you want to be listed as Anonymous, please make that very clear.
  • It may take us some time to post your story to the website. Please know that we are doing our best to keep up with submissions. If you don’t see your story within 30 days, feel free to send us an email with “Where is my story?” in the subject line.
  • If you haven’t given birth yourself but you have witnessed a birth, you are welcome to tell that story too. Please be clear about what your role was in the story you are telling.
  • If you’ve given birth more than once, it’s your call– you can write about just one of those births, or submit several stories, or talk about them all in one submission.
  • We want real stories. At this point we will not post fictional stories. If you want us to change our minds about that, send us an eloquent email explaining why.
  • We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not follow the above instructions. We also reserve the right to reject submissions that do not reflect the mission of the project, which is to encourage women to claim their power by telling their story of giving birth in an atmosphere free of judgment, politics, or advice. We will also not post stories that could be considered libelous. This doesn’t mean you need to sugarcoat your experience; simply mask all identifying personal information of any character in your story who does not appear in a flattering light. If your story is rejected, you will receive a brief email explaining why. (This is extremely rare.)
  • By emailing your story to the address above, you give us permission to publish it to this website and include it in the weekly e-mail.  Not all stories will be included in the weekly e-mail.  You retain ownership of your story and are free to sell, repost, or reprint it at any time. We cannot accommodate requests to remove your story once posted, so please use your best judgment.  At this time, we have no plans to re-use or re-publish the stories in any form other than this website and the weekly e-mail.  If at a future point we explore using other mediums to express the stories, we will always contact you for your permission before we re-use your material in any way.
  • You may submit your story in any language you like, but not all languages and alphabets are supported by WordPress. If submitting in a language other than English, please note what language it is in, so that we can tag/categorize it appropriately. If would be lovely if you would also include an English translation, but it’s not necessary.

Please tell us your story.

Tell it for yourself, for your daughters, for your mothers, for every woman.

The magic and power of birth is ours. It is up to us to claim it, tell it, own it.

Because motherlove can light up the world.