I checked because I know many pregnant women will hear her birth story and incorporate elements of it into their birth plans.
Think for a moment of Queen Victoria – in 1853 at the birth of her eighth child she was given a light, controlled dose of chloroform - anesthesia during childbirth was rare. King Louis XIV insisted his wives lay on their backs to give birth so it was easier for him to see what was happening. In the 21st century the influences of those birth stories can be seen in many birth rooms around the world.
The Duchess’ birth story, just like all the women who have gone before her will become part of the birth culture – at least it will in the UK.
When we become pregnant with our first child we will have heard decades of birth stories. We hear them as small children as our mother and her friends share their experiences, we watch them in soap operas, films and most recently as fly on the wall documentaries. As our friends begin to have babies they share their stories and we listen in awe, fascination, joy and sometimes fear.
All these stories have one important thing in common – they are not your story.
Your story is the one that starts before conception. Who are you? What do you want from your life? How do you make decisions? Your story is the one you prepare for. Your story is the one you experience. Your story is the one you share to encourage others to do the same.
The stories you tell – they are your story.