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Today’s Women’s History Month stories come from our Latter-day Saint birthing history. I fantasize about having a book containing all the recorded birth accounts of our early Mormon mothers and midwives. What an amazing book that would be! I have a feeling that those account would do for us modern mothers what the following two accounts have done for me. They would show us over and over and over that God cares deeply about each birth and that we are given divine aid and protection as we participate in the sacred work of giving life to His children.

For today’s “guest post” I’d like to share our book’s Foreword. It was written by Lynn Clark Callister, a lovely BYU nursing professor we had the privilege of meeting the summer of 2010 in the early stages of our book journey. She is a beautiful soul and was very supportive and encouraging of our project. We are deeply grateful to her for her support.

For today’s “guest post,” I’ve asked three of our book’s fans who have not yet crossed the bridge into motherhood to join me for an interview. Childbirth wasn’t something I became interested in until I became pregnant myself. So it intrigued and excited me that we had women reading our book who were not yet married or mothers. I wanted to dig into their heads and see if I could figure out how to get more of their peers to begin educating themselves about their sacred life-giving abilities (before marriage and pregnancy). I’ve loved “talking” with these women… Shaylee Ann, Emily, and Lynette. I hope you love them too.

From the archive, by Sheridan… Often when a mom thinks about choosing a care provider for her birth she thinks about two things: what kind of care provider she wants and where she wants to give birth. I think it is equally important to look at the type of relationship* you have with your care provider.

I received an email from one of our readers, sharing how my essay “Unity with Providers of Care” (in the Unity chapter of our book) had a positive impact on her. She also shared a beautiful spiritual experience she had after reading my essay. With her permission, I share it today. -Lani