Did you have a positive experience or was it traumatic? Did it go to plan or was it completely unexpected? Did you fulfil any or all of your birth preferences? Where did you give birth – at home, in a birth centre, or at the hospital? Did you have a vaginal birth, a c-section, or a VBAC? We invite you to share all of the details so we can publish more real, raw stories of birthing in Aotearoa – New Zealand with other parents and birthing people. We look forward to reading yours.

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Terms and Conditions: The publishing of any story is at Soteria’s discretion. Any submissions that are deemed inappropriate or defaming by the publisher will not be published. No names of LMCs will be published and may be removed by the publisher. Submissions may be edited for clarity, grammar and length. Submissions are open to those who have given birth in New Zealand only. Go to for the Soteria privacy policy.