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Birth Narratives is an audio based project recording all kinds of stories of childbirth from women in the United States.

The mission of The Birth Narratives Oral History Project is to document and disseminate true stories about childbirth. This project aims at representing the dynamic variety and individuality of giving birth while recognizing the history and universality of bringing babies into the world, however they get here. By making a space for these stories to be heard it is my hope that we will focus not only on the methods and outcomes of childbirth but also consider and respect the process.

Birth Narratives began in New York City in 2010 where I was inspired by the diversity of communities living in the metropolitan area. As the project has grown I have chosen to spend time recording in a rural community to more fully represent the spectrum of experiences that women and their partners have giving birth in our country.

I have moved to Belfast, ME for the summer to continue outreach and recording in Waldo County and the surrounding Mid Coast area. I have a small studio space set up here where I'll be conducting the recordings and editing the audio to put up on my website. My hope is to raise enough funding to support the early stages of this work so that it can grow and change inspired by the testimony of each participant. I will use the money raised here on Kickstarter to transcribe and archive the interviews according to the standards of The Oral History Association and to edit pieces to be featured on local, and perhaps even, national radio programs. If I am successful in reaching my funding goal I will also be able to compile an album of birth stories to be used in educational settings, to encourage deep listening and to contribute to a growing community of documentary and media projects about birth.

I am so grateful for any support you may have to offer. Thank you for considering a donation to The Birth Narratives Oral History Project!

**For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is an online fundraising platform where you set a goal amount and a deadline to raise that amount in. If you reach the goal amount (or more) before or by the deadline you make the money. However, if you raise less than that amount by your deadline you get nothing.**

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    A handmade Thank You card in the mail PLUS 3 Birth Narrative themed blank cards!

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    All of the above PLUS a copy of the first ever Birth Narratives story album!

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    All of the above PLUS an additional copy of the first ever Birth Narratives story album and your name listed on the project website (can be left anonymous if preferred)!

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    Birth Narratives Gift Basket: 1 custom made Thank you card, 2 limited edition posters, 1 Birth Narratives story album and 6 handmade cards with quotes from the interviews. AND your name listed on the project website (can be left anonymous if preferred).

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    TWO Birth Narratives Gift Baskets, one for you and one for an expecting friend, including a list of birth story related activities to do at a baby shower or mother's group! PLUS your name listed in the album credits (can be left anonymous if preferred).

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    All of the above and an in person or Skype interview (depending on your location) with you or a friend of your choice to include in the project! PLUS your name mentioned in the credits of the first aired radio piece.

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    The Birth Narratives Oral History Project will come to your community and host a listening party/storytelling event OR record up to 8 birth stories to add to the growing collection!

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