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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Birth Experience Contest

I am wanting to compile some essays on birth and the meaning behind birth, so I am offering a contest. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Kura Door, a holistic Japanese Spa in SLC Utah. Submit an essay, any length, with these ideas in mind: 1)How has birth changed your perspective on life in a positive way? 2) How has overcoming the difficulties and trials in birth helped you to grow in a positive way? 3)How has birth provided meaning to your life as a woman and a mother?

Send all submissions to rachel.leavitt@gmail.com with birth essay in the title. All submissions become my property and will be used in conjunction with my blog at www.thebeginningofmotherhood.blogspot.com. 

The deadline is Aug. 15, 2009. Also, just as a heads up, I will probably be doing this periodically if different areas also (ie media, photography etc. )

1 comment:

The Life and Times of a Sister in Zion said...

Thank you so much for your comments on my blog!! It was good to have some of my "myths" explained by someone who is IN the field and not by someone who has been jaded by it. The whole reason about the bowel movement stemmed from my mother telling me they wouldn't let her go to the bathroom, but then again, I don't know all the stipulations behind it. I'm glad to know that the hospital doesn't have to be as bad as people make it sound. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna birth at home still, but if I HAVE to go to the hospital then I will make sure I have a doula with me....someone who will fight for my wishes~!

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?


  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.