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Rachel's BabyMore often than not, birth stories are related in a linear fashion, but my experiences of birth have never felt linear. The memories come back to me in episodic moments of emotion and inner thoughts. Like flashes of light, I see again the moments that make up my births. The numbers of dilation and patterns float around on the surface, but underneath it is the brief moments that stitch together to make up the memory of a birth.

Thus, I could tell my birth story in a typical linear fashion the way someone looking from the outside would see it. I was contracting for three days every hour. They gradually increased until the day I gave birth. They were every ten minutes, then five. We decided it was time to call the midwives and head to the birth center. I was six centimeter dilated when we arrived and I had my baby within an hour. She weighed 8lbs and 11oz and was 20 1/2 in long.

While those words may be factual, they are not really the whole truth. The truth encompasses the powerful memories that shaped me, the people around me, and my newborn daughter. They are what give birth the powerful potential to define who I am. So, as I begin to tell my story, I won’t begin at the beginning, but rather the end. It is the end that is the beginning of my memories of Bethany’s birth.

(This is post is part one in a series of posts. Check back frequently  for the next installment in the series.)

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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  1. Louisa
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    First off, congrats again!! She looks like a little beauty! Secondly I totally agree with your assessment of a birth story. That would be why when I shared my most recent with you, it was 3 pages long! There is just so much more then the facts! Im so happy you were able to have yet another beautiful birth, and i am excited to hear the details! <3

  2. Rachel
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    I loved your birth story. You should publish it:-) In fact I would be willing to put it in the next newsletter.:-)

  3. Keeana
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    She is beautiful……i hope my first birth will be like yours…thank you for not only teaching us…but sharing your beautiful life moments and memories with us

    • Rachel
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      Thanks:-) . I really just love what i do, paricularly helping you guys learn to help new moms. You all play such a valuable role.

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