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My Birth Story is Like a Dream: A Childbirth Educator’s Childbirth

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Abstract:

Fear of childbirth is universal. Because of the stories of bad experiences passed down for years, many women fear childbirth. As a result, many women do not believe in the power of their own bodies and often hand over control of their bodies to health-care professionals, resulting in unhappy childbirth experiences because of unnecessary intervention during labor and birth. As a pregnancy trainer who prepares pregnant women for childbirth, the author wrote her personal childbirth story with an autoethnographic narrative method. Her aim is to help motivate pregnant women preparing for childbirth, health-care professionals preparing those pregnant women, and birthing staff.

Keywords: autoethnography; childbirth educator; childbirth story

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.22.1.23

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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