Quote reads ‘There is a secret in this society, and it is not they childbirth is painful. It is that women are strong.’ Laura Stavoe Harm
A4 giclee unframed art print.
Printed on 315gsm matt, textured, acid free paper.
Archival Quality inks.
Packaged in a cellophane sleeve, wrapped in tissue paper, in a cardboard backed envelope.
This quote by Laura Stavoe Harm has been taken out of context over time to mean that, as a society, we keep women’s strength a secret. But the original meaning was that in telling our birth stories, we empower women. My mother is a midwife with five children so when I was pregnant with my first, I thought I’d heard enough birth stories to know what was going to happen... but as the time got closer I realised I didn’t have a clue and didn’t feel comfortable asking anyone. It went wrong from the start when I couldn’t use the birth centre and had to go to the labour ward. I felt like I’d been hit by a bus after giving birth, the shock and the exhaustion were huge. By the time I had my second, I’d found a positive birth group and heard so many very different birth stories. Different plans and different outcomes. I discovered hypnobirthing and had a homebirth and felt like an absolute goddess after giving birth. Having a community where birth was openly discussed was so empowering and it really is tragic that more often than not, women don’t have these communities.