We want to hear your story.
Storytelling has been used throughout cultures for many years. The National Storytelling Network describes it as "an ancient art form and a valuable form of human expression." Telling your story connects you to others. Humans crave connection on a level that resonates with the vulnerability each of us may often mask. Storytelling may also help you find a sense of meaning and purpose you may not otherwise discover.
Healing and understanding can also come from telling your story. We invite you to share YOUR story about the emotional and psychological journey of fertility, pregnancy and parenthood. Whatever that looks like for you. Whatever chapter(s) you wish to share.
What many of us have discovered in relation to the reproductive and parenting years, is that there is much to be desired in an honest explanation outside of what is socially constructed or traditionally presented. Whether this relates to the "unmentionables" of infertility and loss; the stark difference between having a pregnancy glow and feeling disconnected, miserable, fearful or anxious each moment of those many months. We want to hear whether your expectations for birthing were exactly what you wanted or ended up being traumatic and disappointing. Have you struggled with a cultural expectation to either feel 100% about extended breastfeeding or to wonder whether there is something wrong with you for giving your baby a bottle? Have you enjoyed each moment of parenthood or wondered whether you are "cut out" for this? Are there moments within your journey you feel no one else has ever considered or experienced?
Whatever your story, we encourage you to participate in the opportunity to not only connect with others but find meaning, purpose and possibly healing for yourself.
We hope to hear about many different experiences. The female and male experience of the reproductive years are equally important. Let's face it, females tend to be more willing to share stories; if you can encourage a male in your life to share his thoughts and experience, please do so. There are so many other men who would like to know they aren't alone.
While honesty is the heart of this mission, we do not seek to put any specific provider, facility, etc "out." For that reason, generalization for those specifics is requested. You can be as anonymous (or not) as you desire in authoring your story. Are you ready to learn how to submit your story? We would be honored to host it on our blog in our Storytelling series. Come join us for story time.
Email Lauren at Laurendepaolalcsw@yahoo.com