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Birth Stories 2020

...because sharing stories is powerful!

Meet the winners of the Birth Story Contest and read their birth stories.

We believe these stories are the beginning of a birth culture change, a culture of solidarity between birthers, of strength and resilience. 

 

If you missed the Birth Sharing Circle, a Zoom event held on October 3rd, 2020, you can watch it now. Such a beautiful and powerful event where some winners of the Birth Story Contest shared their stories.

 

We are publishing one honorable mention birth story every Friday!

This week story is A Dramatic Debut by Sara Wettlaufer

 

First Place 

Ashley Lightfoot from Squamish, BC

Birth of the Tiger

Second Place

Lori Sebastianutti from Stoney Creek, ON

Cutting Ties and Letting Go

Third Place

Mercedes Papalia from York, ON

Luna Rising

 

Honorable Mention

 

Danielle BoByk from Kingston, ON   

Reclaiming My Birth Story       

 

Angela Douglas from Summerland, BC       

Worth It

 

Susan Flanagan from St. John’s, NL             

Surprise Baby

 

Christine Folan from Chatham, ON            

Delivered

 

Jenna Kovacic from Richmond Hill, ON     

Believing in your Body

Dana MacDonald from Kingston, ON           

Our Rainbow

Sheena McDonald from Toronto, ON             

Surprise!

Julie Meier from Calgary, AB             

Mother Knows Best

 

Kristin Nuttal from Pemberton, BC           

A Full Moon Eclipse Birth

Brittany Oliver from Welland, ON            

Birth Plan

Camille Ramsberger from Keswick, ON           

It All Makes Sense Now

 

Alison Ryder from Kingston, ON           

Just Like Hollywood

 

Sharon Shisvin from Winnipeg, MB         

Labour, Delivery and a Grateful Grandmother

 

Leah Timmerman from Maberly, ON          

She Who Brings Forth the Blossoms

Sara Wettlaufer from Petawawa, ON         

A Dramatic Debut

Sara Wood-Gates from Burlington, ON

Wednesday's Child

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by Ashley Lightfoot

First-Place Laureate 

Residing in Squamish, BC with her partner, Eric, two kidlets, and a kitty, Ashley became a certified doula after the birth of her first child. She adores helping families create peaceful and joyous transformation. Ashley is a member of the BC Doula Services Association, as well as the Tantalus Wellspring Society, a charity which assists those experiencing barriers in accessing mental wellness therapies. 

 

She can be reached at www.moonbeamdoula.ca

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by Lori Sebastianutti

Second-Place Laureate 

Lori is a writer and teacher from Stoney Creek, Ontario. She is the former managing editor of the Fertility Matters Canada blog and her most recent work appeared in The Hamilton Review of Books.

 

You can find her on Twitter @sebastianl74 and on Instagram @sebastianlwrites and can read more of her work at lorisebastianutti.com.

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by Mercedes Papalia

Third-Place Laureate 

Mercedes is a multi-disciplinary storyteller through art, design, and creative writing. Her journey began as an acting and vocal student at a young age and she continues to expand and diversify her creative practices. She currently works as an interior stylist, visual artist, and production designer for film and television. Mercedes is a devoted mother, wife, and lover of fresh flowers and authentic Italian food, forever in the pursuit of a beautiful life. 

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by Susan Flanagan

Honorable Mention 

Susan Flanagan has worked as a freelance journalist (BJ, King’s College, NS, 1991) and columnist in St. John’s, NL for almost 30 years.

 

Two of her novels will be published in 2021: The Degrees of Barley Lick (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides) and Supermarket Baby, winner 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award (Flanker Press).

To find out more here or on her Facebook page.

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by Leah Timmermann

Honorable Mention 

Leah Timmermann lives in rural Eastern Ontario. She works as a midwife but is currently on leave with her 3-month-old daughter. She and her family live in a tiny house that they built on their family's land. She loves reading, cooking, and anything outdoors.  

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by Camille Ramsperger

Honorable Mention 

Camille Ramsperger is a 26-year-old single mother to a beautiful baby boy named Theodore. She is a full-time nurse working in the emergency department at her nearest hospital. She meant to write her birth story so as not to forget it, and the Birth Story Contest gave her the motivation to do so.

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by Angela Douglas

Honorable Mention 

Angela Douglas has written on and off through the years. Most of her University focus was dedicated to English, Creative Writing,

and Journalism. In her career, she has written copy, web content, brochures, and other trade-related material for various industries. Outside of work, she has recently produced a handful of manuscripts, yet to be published. She is currently a real estate agent and proud mother of two in sunny Summerland, BC.

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by Brittany Oliver

Honorable Mention 

Brittany Oliver has been an Ontario midwife for three years and has recently become a new mother! In fact, she is currently on leave with her beautiful baby girl, born on April 14th, 2020. The shift from midwife to mama has been wonderful, eye-opening, challenging and so fulfilling. Creative writing has been a hobby and outlet of hers since childhood.  She lives in Welland, Ontario with her husband and daughter, their aussie shepherd, and 13-year-old turtle.  

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by Christine Folan

Honorable Mention 

Christine Folan is a married mother of two living in Southwestern Ontario. She is a high school English and Drama teacher for the French Catholic School board in her region. An avid reader, she is trying to instill a love of fantasy, adventure and mystery into her children by making them lovers of books and stories.

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by Dana MacDonald

Honorable Mention 

Dana has been a registered nurse for 10 years. She is currently working as a surgical nurse at Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

She lives in Kingston, Ontario, and is a proud mom of two kids (Dylan and Zoe) and one dog, named Storm. 

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by Danielle BoByk

Honorable Mention 

Danielle was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, before moving to Kingston in 2013 to be with her now husband. She has a degree in kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and worked in various positions as a registered kinesiologist before shifting her focus to a career in editing. She is now a freelance editor who works primarily with self-publishing authors as well as the editor for a vintage car club magazine.

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by Jenna Kovacic

Honorable Mention 

Jenna is enjoying life with her husband, son and daughter. After her first birth experience, she knew she needed to do something with her newfound passion and so, she became a doula! She is a promoter of self-care, a lover of meditation, simple living, books, any outdoor activity and tries to be as present as possible in her everyday life. 

You can reach her on Facebook or Instagram : @over.the.moon.birth

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by Julie Meier

Honorable Mention 

Julie was born and raised in Calgary, and now lives on a farm where she can enjoy a view of the Calgary skyline and Rocky Mountains as she writes at her kitchen table. Her work has been published in several online journals and she has been shortlisted for a number of flash fiction story contests. When she is not writing, you might find Julie outside cuddling sheep, or devising new ways to embarrass her teenagers.You can follow Julie at Twitter @Julie_M_Meier

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by Kristin Nuttall

Honorable Mention 

Kristin has had the opportunity to attend many births as a doula and biodynamic craniosacral therapist. The more she learned about birth, the greater her reverence became and the greater her passion grew in assisting mothers to have empowered birthing experiences. Kristin’s greatest birthing support mentor is Gloria Lemay from Vancouver, BC. Many women of the Sea-to-Sky corridor had had "Gloria babies". Kristin took the "Wise Woman Way of Birth' and "Birth Takes a Village".

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by Alison Ryder

Honorable Mention 

Ali Ryder is a Canadian advisor on policies and programs that help the homeless. She's lived in Kingston, Ontario for 16 years since attending Queen's University. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, ultimate frisbee, and board games. This is her fifth pregnancy and first birth.

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by Sara Wettlaufer

Honorable Mention 

Sara and her husband Paul are originally from the Hamilton area. She is an elementary school teacher while he is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Due to his military career, they currently reside in Petawawa, ON with their daughter and two dogs. Prior to this recent move, they spent two years in Brantford, ON, where their daughter, Isla, was born. They are indebted to the Community Midwives of Brantford for their fabulous care during her birth. 

Don't miss the
2019 Birth Stories 

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Birth Story Contest

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In the Kingstonist.

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Birth story contest:

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We need a skillful editor to help create our book: A Canadian Anthology of Birth Stories (and some facts about maternity care)

Birth story contest: Guidelines 2020

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