SEARSPORT — Carver Memorial Library, in Searsport, will host an evening of sharing stories about childbirth on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m.
“Do you have a positive or beautiful birth story you’d be willing to share? Wisdom or insights to pass on? Maybe you just want to come to hear a good birth story,” said the Library, in a news release.
In popular media, the narrative is often a negative or fearful one. Traditionally, knowledge of childbirth has been passed down from woman to woman. Childbirth is a powerful, transforming experience. A laboring woman can tap into an inner strength, a superpower that she never knew existed. And once she finds it and knows it’s available to her, it can transform life beyond the birth. But just as a good birth is powerful, the opposite is true as well. A negative birth experience is powerful. Fear, suffering, trauma, loss of control, feeling unseen or unheard, unexpected outcomes – these things can all leave their mark well beyond the birthing room.
The discussion will be facilitated by Caitlin Kilpatrick, childbirth educator and owner of Childbirth Edification. Caitlin Kilpatrick is a certified childbirth educator with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She is originally from Georgia, but gradually migrated north over the past 11 years. She lives in Searsport with her husband and their four children.
Kilpatrick has been passionate about childbirth for many, many years. In fact, she attended her very first birth when she was just nine years old, watching her mom give birth naturally to a baby girl. As a pregnant mom, she has had firsthand experience of how powerful childbirth education can be, and now loves helping other women gain that same knowledge, empowerment, and confidence.
Carver Memorial Library is located at 12 Union Street in Searsport, on the corner of Union St and Mortland Ave.
For more information, contact the library at 548-2303.