Trauma Story Submissions
for Mothers is currently seeking birth trauma stories from women willing
to have their stories published into book form. For more information
or to submit your story, contact Jenne Alderks, Project Coordinator
We recognize that not all birth stories will fit into the same mold
and some stories may not include all of the elements listed below.
Please submit stories with as many of the listed elements as are applicable.
A main focus of this book is to highlight the effects of traumatic
births on the lives of women and what they have done and are doing
to overcome their struggle. We are interested in stories from women
at all points in the healing process. Full healing is not a prerequisite.
Stories should be formatted as follows:
Please describe your birth and/or postpartum story, particularly what
events were traumatic for you. Please describe anything before or
during pregnancy that may have led to the trauma or contributed to
it such as previous physical or sexual abuse, or the attitudes or
policies of your care provider.
What trauma symptoms did you experience? How long did they last? How
did they affect your everyday life and your relationships with friends,
family, and especially your baby?
Describe your healing journey. What have you found particularly helpful
in healing and overcoming your traumatic experience? How is it going
4. Speaking Out
Was your traumatic experience something that may have been avoided
under different conditions such as with another care provider or at
a different location? Whether or not it could have been avoided, what
do you wish had been done differently? What do you wish you had known
before your traumatic experience? What would you say to care providers
who work to prevent the chances of women being traumatized in their
care? What would you say to first time mothers to help them avoid
trauma from childbirth?
We are seeking stories fitting or similar to the following categories:
Emergency situations causing trauma
Trauma caused or made worse by care providers
Traumatic vaginal birth
Traumatic home birth
Trauma from NICU stay
Extremely painful birth
Sexual abuse trauma triggered during birth
Trauma due to abandonment or lack of continuous support
Trauma due to insufficient cesarean anesthesia
Trauma due to very premature birth
Trauma during postpartum period (complications, especially hemorrhage
or heart trouble)
Trauma caused by fetal/neonatal death, particularly choices around
By sharing our stories we hope to raise awareness of the problems
with maternity care so that they may someday be addressed and improved.
We also hope to let women who have been victims of birth trauma see
that they are not alone, and that there are resources for healing
available. Be sure to include your contact information with your submission,
especially email address, so that we know how to contact you. Submissions
may be published anonymously or under a pseudonym, if desired.