Women remember their birth stories.  It is an experience that will remain with her forever and one that can influence the rest of her life.  Women tend to remember a few aspects of labor or birth extremely vividly.  There are other things they may not even be aware of.  Time is often skewed during labor; hours usually go by very quickly but some minutes can drag on forever.  It can be helpful to keep a simple record during the process about times and events.  Most doulas take notes to help them be aware of patterns or progress.  Many doulas provide birth notes or a birth story to the mother.  This is a positive remembrance of the happenings of that very important day.  It can also be important for a mother to record her own impressions of the day; how did she feel, what was she thinking?  These can be priceless gifts to the babies who will one day grow up.

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