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The Birth Interview Project Returns

21 Feb

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It’s been a long time coming. I know (hangs head sheepishly). I’m sorry, y’all.

The lack of TBIP posts have been a bit of a combination of making more time for my family, for myself, and a solid streak of procrastination, as in … it’s been so long that when I actually do return to this project I have to first admit to letting my readers down, and myself down too.

You see, I really believe in this little baby of mine: 17 simple questions to help you process your birth and share it with others. The Birth Interview Project is important because it helps moms gather the questions they need in order to tell their stories. And what stories they are. Filled with honesty, and bravery, and joy, and fear, and hope – all important stepping stones through the intense passage of motherhood.

So finally today as my son soundly napped, and my daughter watched a video for the umpteenth time called “mighty machines” (yeah, I let my kids watch TV. Don’t shoot me. It’s about airplanes!) I sat down with a twinkle in my eye, and blew the dust off The Birth Interview Project.

I found an interview that was sent to me this summer, more than six months ago, which was so honest and open that it’s been planted inside my heart ever since.

I formatted the interview and did absolutely ZERO editing (thank God for contributors who keep it easy for me! Ah. I love that!) and I tapped out a quick note on TBIP’s Facebook page saying I was back in business and then …

Viola!

The latest birth interview was posted mid afternoon on a quiet Thursday, while my son snored and my daughter learned how airplanes fly. Sweet victory! See for yourself if this one pulls on your heart. To read the latest interview click here.

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The Birth Interview Project Has Moved!

5 Jul

The Birth Interview Project is leaving the nest and saying good-bye to the home it grew up in.  It’s time for this little project of mine to have its own dot com. This is an exciting step in the life of this endeavor. Started just seven months ago, The Birth Interview Project is now alive and well; I might even say it’s thriving!  Thank you all for your support and participation. Take a moment and stop by the new place at thebirthinterviewproject.com and let me know how you like it.

The Birth Interview Project | Stephanie’s Birth Center Labor w/Transport & C-section

3 Jul

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.


Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I am 30 years old and have been married to my husband for 2 1/2 years.  We own and operate a 24 hour coffee shop together in Austin, Texas.  We enjoy our two dogs and getting out-of-town together.  This was my first baby/birth.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

My due date was March 21st, 2012 and my baby’s birth date was exactly two weeks later on April 4th, 2012.

What was your baby’s name, weight and length?

Colin Augustus was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 3/4 inches at birth.  Continue reading

The Birth Interview Project | Michelle’s 2nd Birth Center Birth

26 Jun

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Michelle with her new family of four.

Read Michelle’s 1st Birth Interview by clicking here.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

My name is Michelle; wife to Chris, mother to Laurel and Matilda, Midwife Assistant, Doula, Breastfeeding Educator, and former wannabe winemaker.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

My due date was May 28th, 2012. She came on June 2nd, 2012.

What was your baby’s name, weight and length?

Matilda Frances; 6 pounds 15oz and 19.5 inches long.

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