We have long been taught to not share our birth stories.
Conception, pregnancy, birth, matching with your baby through adoption, or the time after birth can be surprisingly challenging, even traumatic. It can also be joyful and empowering. And yet, all too often, we keep quiet about our experiences.
During Mother’s Month, you can share your story and join us in supporting more mothers with a donation today.
Arriving into motherhood is a process that can happen at any time. Transformation can spark with the arrival of one’s first child, the first time your baby kicks in utero, in the middle of the night while nursing or bottle-feeding–or maybe you don’t feel you’ve “arrived” until a therapy session years after birth.
Maybe you already know your arrival story, and have told it to friends and family for years. Or maybe you’ve never had the opportunity to consider it, to contemplate the healing power it holds.
No matter what it looks like, your story matters.
You can speak your truth directly to your camera by clicking “Select Media” above. If you’d rather share a photo and written testimonial, you can also upload an image and text in the same way.
Join the company of parents everywhere–writers, artists, athletes, executives, birth workers, activists and more–reclaiming their stories at their most human, and their most resourceful.
From now through the end of May, we will share your stories and proudly declare the little spoken truth:
My Arrival Story is a way to extend a hand to those who mother everywhere this Mothers’ Day season, to say: I want to hear your story. And here’s mine, here’s hers, and here are others’. You are not alone. How can we help each other?
Inspired by the new book Arrival Stories curated by Amy Schumer, Christy Turlington Burns, Serena Williams and more, now is the perfect time for you to join in the movement and share your arrival story before Mothers’ Day.
A few words from founder Christy Turlington Burns on why your arrival story makes a difference.
Christy’s arrival story led her to start Every Mother Counts in 2010, after suffering from a retained placenta and severe bleeding after birth. Every Mother Counts’ mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe, respectful and equitable for every mother, everywhere.