In this audio, I interview my mother! She agreed to be my first guest and to talk about her experience of pregnancy and birthing in the 70’s. I highly, highly recommend talking to your mother or an elder you are close to about their birthing experience. We share so much and some women have NEVER TOLD THESE STORIES. Give them a chance to. So much is different these days and yet so much is the same. It’s a fascinating look at the common bonds that having babies create across generations.
And Thank God for her and for the women who blazed a trail so we now have things like lactation consultants and pelvic floor PT’s and paternity leave and birthing options.
There’s a 4 minute intro where I am rambling on about my mom and what’s to come. Ramble, ramble, ramble. And to break things down, Part 1 includes these points:
Was family helpful in preparing for birth? (9:25)
Reality of labor pain hits: “I don’t want to do this anymore” (11:00)
My mom says the “f” word and my dad makes an interesting choice (12:10)
Here was my Ok, stop moment. The baby was not in the room when she woke up from her birthing sleep (13:00)
Nursing troubles (14:20)
Dr. Spock recommends (16:50)
Postpartum depression and who’s checking in with mom (18:00)
Mother-in-Law on night duty (21:00)
Part 2 will be posted soon!
6 responses to “Grow Interview: Birthing in the 70’s, Part 1”
Hi! It’s your cousin, Kathy. Man did this bring tears to my eyes. The honesty of Aunt Ann’s story connects us all as women. I think many women can relate to her experience. Thank you for sharing.
Kathy, thanks for reading. It was such a cool experience to ask her these questions and hear her story. Her 2nd half of the interview is super interesting too! It’d be fun to ask your grandma what her 5 BIRTHS were like! Maybe at Camp Dearborn 😉
This was great. I love the wisdom from the past that we are losing. Made me want to interview my mom and record it.
Just realized I hadn’t replied to this! I don’t track comments very well, I guess! This was so memorable for me…they are inspiring.
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