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Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood
What if instead of trying to avoid the pain and uncertainty of labor, we asked what we could learn from it? In telling the intimate birth stories of her three children and miscarriage, Julia shows us how giving birth can be one of motherhood's (and life's) greatest teachers. Rather than giving advice on how to labor or how to parent, this book consistently offers the messa ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by MSI Press
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Every experience in life is an opportunity for personal growth, but nothing is more encompassing than having children. However, not everyone takes advantage and fewer people even consider thinking consciously about the lessons they could learn. Even rarer is the individual that writes about it for others to read. Julia Aziz is this rare individual and we now can all benefit from her labors. The book is clearly laid out with short sections relating to each lesson. There is a snippet of her birth ...more
I received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers giveaway. I was excited to get it, and thought it would give a helpful perspective and addition to my doula training reads. While the anecdotes did have to do with birth and motherhood, I felt the stories were choppy and it was hard to keep up with all of the jumping around between the "lessons" and anecdotes. ...more
Julia S. Aziz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, ordained interfaith minister, and the mother of three children. She works with people who feel drained or overwhelmed by caregiving and who want to find their way back to themselves. Julia has worked as a counselor for children, adults, couples, and families, as well as a hospice chaplain for dying patients and their loved ones. She currently tea ...more
“What does it mean to trust, and how do I become more trusting? What I know so far is this: when I approach life’s uncertainty with a willingness to not know the answers, more is possible than I could ever dream of.”
“There may be something more to our stories than just whether we had a good or bad birth experience, though. We might consider questions beyond whether or not everything went the way we wanted. Instead, we might ask what these birth stories tell us about ourselves. What meaning can we find in the particular way we came face to face with pain, with the unknown, and with the delivery of new life into this world? How might we use this experience in the future? Can it teach us something about how we mother our children or about who we are becoming in this next phase of our lives?”More quotes…