SECOND LABOR

Mothers Share POST-Birth Stories
by Chaya Kasse Valier
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Publisher: Chaya Kasse Valier

Publication Date: August 13, 2017

ISBN: 9780998855110

Binding: Kobo eBook

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THERE IS ALWAYS A POST-BIRTH STORY.

Everyone asks about your birth story, but what about after that? The postpartum period – the time frame after giving birth - can affect mothers and families as much as the birth itself, if not more.

Second Labor features twenty-four mothers’ unique, personal experiences after having a baby. Their stories are bold, honest, and reflective. You’ll grab for the tissue box, laugh out loud, or both.

Watch this short trailer about SECOND LABOR - the book and the "Mamalogues."

These personal stories provide validation for other mothers, as well as insights for anyone supporting postpartum women, whether you’re family, a friend, or a professional. From a first baby to a fifth, in expected or unexpected circumstances, Second Labor gives voice to a wide spectrum of stories about what life is truly like with a new baby.

UPDATE
Second Labor has earned coveted reviews in Publishers Weekly and Readers' Favorite. 

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"...Birth stories are perceived as sexy, while the postpartum period is seen as anything but. Yet postpartum is full of stories..."

While birth stories are welcome in our culture, post-birth stories are not given a forum. Birth stories are perceived as sexy, while the postpartum period is seen as anything but. Birth is finite, whereas postpartum goes on for a while, and therefore seemingly doesn’t lend itself to the buildup-crescendo-conclusion of a story. Yet postpartum is full of stories, and this anthology seeks to fill our culture’s postpartum story gap by giving voice to a wide spectrum of experiences.

Some examples of topics include the breastfeeding-versus-formula quandary, not loving the baby until after a few months, razor-at-wrist postpartum depression, “rebirthing” a baby with Down syndrome, homebirths, C-sections, vaginal birth ...