Writing Your Birth Story

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Giving birth is a radically transformative experience. It is a profound physical process and a rite of passage from which we emerge altered in ways we often can't imagine before we actually go through it.  Yet in the days, weeks and months afterward, we are so involved in the work of caring for our newborns that there is usually not enough time or space to process the birth itself. Whether it happened just as you had hoped or it unfolded in ways that were unexpected or traumatic, writing your birth story can be a way to remember the feelings and details that might otherwise become a blur afterward. It can also be a way to honor the changes you've gone through, in your body, your spirit, your relationships, your sense of yourself. And it can be a way to begin to heal from a difficult birth experience.

In this two-hour workshop, we will explore ways of recording and processing the experience of birth through storytelling.

Course Fee

$25 per adult. Limited to 8 participants. Please bring a blank notebook and/or writing device. Babies are welcome!

About the Instructor

Kym Ragusa is a mother, writer, and creative writing teacher. She is the author of The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging, published by W.W. Norton and Company in 2006. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Are Italians White: The Making of Race in America, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, About Face: Women Write What The See When They Look In the Mirror, and Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo. She currently teaches in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing and Women's and Gender Studies Programs at MIT.

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