If you are new here, I'm Criston, a certified professional birth doula and breastfeeding counselor in training in Southeast Saskatchewan...and if you read my latest blog post before this one, you'll see that I'm actually on maternity leave and on the verge of moving out of Southeast Saskatchewan with my family in the next couple weeks!
(For now we're staying in Saskatchewan, but because of the move and because I'm currently on my own maternity leave after having a baby in October, I'm actually taking a break from accepting birth doula clients at this time and I'm going to continue my breastfeeding counselor training within the next few months after a break from that too!)
While I've been on maternity leave a thought came to me, that I'd REALLY love to start featuring Saskatchewan birth stories on this blog, as I know I loved listening to and reading birth stories during my own pregnancy, and I know I'm not the only woman who has found them helpful! I see a lack of Saskatchewan-based birth stories to be found on the internet, and while place of birth doesn't necessarily mean a woman will have any particular type of birth experience (or greater or lesser satisfaction in her birth experience), I do believe that women appreciate hearing at least some stories from others who live nearby.
I figured that there's no time like the present to start accepting submissions to begin this Saskatchewan Birth Stories project, so here I am today to invite any women who have given birth in Saskatchewan (Canada) to send me your birth stories!
Please take note:
- All stories must take place in Saskatchewan! For multiple births you may tell the story of each birth individually in multiple submissions or tell all stories in one submission, or even tell just one of your stories! If you have given birth in multiple provinces/locations and not all of them were in Saskatchewan, you are free to tell all your stories in one submission, but please ensure you specify which births were in which locations.
- Any personal information of doctors, midwives, or birth attendants such as doulas or names of family members, etc. will be blocked out or masked in an obvious way by me before publishing unless you specify that you have already given these characters a fictional name. For example, you are encouraged to use terms such as 'my doctor' instead of the doctor's name, or 'my husband' instead of your partner's name, or use a ' * ' to indicate the name has already been changed by you, otherwise I will block those out or change them for privacy reasons.
- You can choose to submit your story 'as is' or allow for grammatical/spelling/punctuation editing by me if you prefer. If you send your story 'as is' I suggest you have someone else proofread or pre-screen your story or do a final edit yourself before sending.
- You have the right to sign your story however you like! Some examples are: Anonymous, your real name (or some version of it, such as your first initial and last name, first name and last initial, or both initials, or some alias you create for yourself such as Home Birth in Saskatoon, Epidural in Estevan, etc.)
- There is no guarantee that every story will be published and publishing is not guaranteed within any particular time frame. Photos are encouraged to be sent along with your story but your photo(s) may or may not be published. Feel free to email me to ask for an update/status on your submission.
- I reserve the right to refrain from publishing any submissions that contain a tone of judgment, politics, or advice, or lack an attitude of respect for other women's differing stories, or otherwise do not align with the overall goal of this project.
- By submitting your story to me, you give me permission to publish it to this website and share an excerpt of/copy of/link to your story through the Bundle of Love Birth Services Facebook page to promote viewers to click to read your story on this website. You will remain the owner of your story and are free to sell, re-post, or reprint it at any time or request removal of your story. I will not use your story in any other place other than on this website or the Bundle of Love Facebook page for any other purpose than sharing Saskatchewan birth stories with readers of this blog/website/Facebook page.