A rare woman gives birth in less than thirty minutes (with commercial breaks!)... yet that's the most common depiction of birth in our society.
In the past century, birth in America has shifted from the home to the sterile, foreign hospital setting. Instead of being able to labor comfortably in familiar settings, attended to by experienced and loving women, we are giving birth surrounded by strangers with unexpected interventions. With this change came a blurring of the knowledge base for most women regarding labor and delivery, and an unexpected fear of the process.
Pregnancy is an exciting, overwhelming time... and often terrifying as well. Many questions plague the mind of the mother (and the father!): How will my labor progress? Will I push long? Can I handle the pain? These birth memoirs, written by real women in their own words, can't answer those questions - but can offer a greater understanding of what to expect.
"A Birth Day" leads expectant parents to learn more about the process of birth, in the unedited words of those who have been through it, ultimately empowering them to make the best decisions for the most fulfilling birth experience.