Utah Birth Stories
The Utah Birth Stories Project
The Utah Birth Stories Project provides online access to birth stories written by Utah community members. It offers the public a valuable resource for understanding the experience of childbirth in Utah through the words, images, videos, and audio of Utahans. Taken as a whole, the narratives of the archive help form part of Utah’s heritage through its culture of birth and family. The archive is made for the public, where anyone can go to search for birth stories submitted by Utahans. The full Utah Birth Stories Collection from the Salt Lake Community College Digital Archives will be ready to view in Spring 2019. If you live in Utah, please help us build the archive by submitting a story or stories of the birth/s you’ve experienced using the submission form below.
Examples of Utah Birth Stories
Twin Home Birth Story
by Jackie Askvig, 2017
My birth story begins in January of 2016, before our twins were even conceived, because I’m thorough like that and because their story is so much more than just their birth. Continue reading…
Julian’s Birth Story
by Marlena Stanford, 2015
My story begins long before I went into labor. For a decade before I got pregnant, I had expected I would have a natural birth, for no other reason than I was afraid of all things medical: hospitals, blood, needles, the poking and prodding, menacing tools and machines. I once told my mom, “I think I’m too afraid to get an epidural. When I have a baby, I’m going to have to go natural. Do you think oral pain medication would help? A strong dose of Advil, maybe?” Continue reading…
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Single mother of two living the dream in Murray, Utah.
Afton's Birth Story
All photos and textual content are by Barbara Lindley (2019) and they are licensed under CC BY-ND.
This story begins with a name. That of which I’d heard when I was a little girl. Unfortunately, I was never able to meet the bearer of this name because she died before I was born. Afton was her name. She was the deceased wife of my step great-grandfather. Throughout the years it had always been in the back of my mind as one of the most beautiful names I’d ever come across. Continue reading…
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Utah Birth Stories is managed by Marlena Stanford, Associate Professor of English and Jen Hughes, Archives, New Media and Educational Initiatives Librarian of Salt Lake Community College. For Questions or Comments, please contact SLCCBirthStories@gmail.com