The Birth of this Blog

July 16, 2006 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Submission Guidelines 

When I was newly pregnant, I searched everywhere for information about pregnancy, and especially about what to expect during the birthing process.  I searched on the internet.  I read books.  I watched a ton of "The Baby Story" on TLC.  It was 9 months of studying for the big event. 

Because of how much I love reading birth stories, I thought it would be a great idea to start a blog with the intent of collecting birth stories from a wide range of experiences and mothers.  In fact, even stories from a father’s perspective would be welcome!  I hope that this blog serves as a place where new mom’s-to-be can go to read birth stories that will: inspire them to go the natural route, ease their fears about a scheduled C-section, or just give them some idea of what to expect.  For those of us veterans who have already been in the trenches, I hope this site will serve as a place to read some amazing stories about how the special little ones in our world came to be.

If you have a blog and would like to let your readers know about the site and submissions, please do and thank you!

Submission Guidelines

  • All stories submitted to Birth Stories may be edited.  Stories will be kept in tact as much as possible.  Typo’s and minor grammatical issues will be fixed; but please use spell check and send it off in a polished form.  The blog owner reserves the right to refuse to publish any birth story that it deems inappropriate for whatever reason.
  • You may submit photo’s to go along with your story.  Four photographs are required in order to create the collage, but please send an extra photo or two in order to make the best collage possible. Photo’s can be sent as attachments.
  • Stories can be published anonymously; or I will gladly provide your name and a link to your website, blog, or provide an email address if you so choose.
  • Please email your stories within the text of your email, not as an attachment (until I figure out how this will work best).  Please email your story to: black-belt-mama at hotmail dot com. Your story can be original or previously published on your own blog.  Please type "Birth Story" in the subject line so that your story doesn’t get lost.  Even if you’ve previously published your story, please copy and paste it into an email and send the pictures as attachments instead of just sending links to your story and pictures.
  • Please provide a byline which includes a few brief statements about you and your child or children.  See published birth stories for examples.
  • If you’re a mother who has adopted a child, you also have a birth story to share so please submit your story!

I look forward to reading lots of great birth stories as I’m sure others are as well!