Saturday, October 15, 2011

Birth Stories

Birth stories are unlike any others.  They are a touchstone for many women, for many families.  I have seen it over and over, women bonding over their stories of pain and fear and finally joy.  I can't think of a greater leveler than birth.  Sometimes the story is happy, sometimes it is not.  Sometimes it just ends a bit differently than you expected.

I have a little baby with Down syndrome (and a twin that does not).   In the time since their birth, I have found that there are elements in our story that are very similar to so many others.  I have read quite a few since then and there have been some, that for one reason or another, have really resonated with me. Today, instead of me just telling you any old thing, I am going to do something a little different.  I am going to share stories of other parents and other babies with Down Syndrome.  Grab a cuppa and a snack and perhaps a handkerchief.  Today is about Birth Stories... with a little extra.

Each of these links is a story of anguish and of love.  Initially there is sorrow, but out of that has grown great joy.  Just like us.  I hope you like these stories as much as I have.

Just in case you are new to this blog,  here is our story:

It Only Hurts When I Breathe (Wyatt's Diagnosis)

The Waiting Game (Visiting the Specialists)

The Best Laid Plans (Wyatt and Zoe's Birth Story)

Checking In (in the NICU)

One more little thing before I head for my bed: our story has been shared at  I was interviewed last month and the story published on Thursday.  You can read it here. Thanks to Jennifer Allen for the opportunity.

Enjoy your Saturday;  I hope you enjoyed Story Time. 

Mommy and Wyatt
Good night, little one.

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