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Labor Day - True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers-logo

Labor Day - True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

Eleanor Henderson

It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge-the expectant mother's hunger for birth narratives. Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery-the stories that new mothers need most. Here is a book that transcends the limits of how-to guides and honors the act of childbirth in the twenty-first century. Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon have gathered true birth stories by women who have made self-expression their business, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Dani Shapiro, and many other luminaries. In Labor Day, you'll hear about women determined to give birth naturally and others begging for epidurals; women who pushed for hours and women whose labors were over practically before they'd started; women giving birth to twins and to ten-pound babies. These women give birth in the hospital, at home, in bathtubs, and, yes, even in the car. Some revel in labor, some fear labor, some feel defeated by labor, some are fulfilled by it-and all are amazed by it. You will laugh, weep, squirm, perhaps groan in recognition, and undoubtedly gasp with surprise. And then you'll call every mother or mother-to-be that you know and say "You must read Labor Day."

It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge-the expectant mother's hunger for birth narratives. Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery-the stories that new mothers need most. Here is a book that transcends the limits of how-to guides and honors the act of childbirth in the twenty-first century. Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon have gathered true birth stories by women who have made self-expression their business, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Dani Shapiro, and many other luminaries. In Labor Day, you'll hear about women determined to give birth naturally and others begging for epidurals; women who pushed for hours and women whose labors were over practically before they'd started; women giving birth to twins and to ten-pound babies. These women give birth in the hospital, at home, in bathtubs, and, yes, even in the car. Some revel in labor, some fear labor, some feel defeated by labor, some are fulfilled by it-and all are amazed by it. You will laugh, weep, squirm, perhaps groan in recognition, and undoubtedly gasp with surprise. And then you'll call every mother or mother-to-be that you know and say "You must read Labor Day."
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It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge-the expectant mother's hunger for birth narratives. Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery-the stories that new mothers need most. Here is a book that transcends the limits of how-to guides and honors the act of childbirth in the twenty-first century. Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon have gathered true birth stories by women who have made self-expression their business, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Dani Shapiro, and many other luminaries. In Labor Day, you'll hear about women determined to give birth naturally and others begging for epidurals; women who pushed for hours and women whose labors were over practically before they'd started; women giving birth to twins and to ten-pound babies. These women give birth in the hospital, at home, in bathtubs, and, yes, even in the car. Some revel in labor, some fear labor, some feel defeated by labor, some are fulfilled by it-and all are amazed by it. You will laugh, weep, squirm, perhaps groan in recognition, and undoubtedly gasp with surprise. And then you'll call every mother or mother-to-be that you know and say "You must read Labor Day."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anna Solomon, Cris Dukehart, Hillary Huber

Length:

9h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

32:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:36