I had the pleasure of participating as a teller in the first Birth Story Slam which was held last spring in Jamaica Plain. It was amazing to hear all of the accounts that ranged from touching to inspiring to hilarious! This article in the Cambridge Day has a link to the trailer for this event featuring clips of some of the stories from last year. Take a look!
Advance tickets are available here and tickets will also be available at the door. People of all ages are welcome, including babies of course!
The description of what the Birth Story Slam is all about from the BSS Facebook Page reads as follows:
“This event aims to highlight stories that too often remain hidden in hospital rooms, to challenge the stereotypes of those who seek an alternative, to bring together women, men and their community to realize the shared experience of childbirth.
We strive to unpack the joyful, ordinary, and devastating experiences that define childbirth in the U.S., to open up the conversation, and serve as a launch point for action.
A story slam is a contest of words held in a supportive space featuring both known and undiscovered talent. All are welcome.”
This is a unique event in a comfortable and fun setting. There will be table service so that audience members can have a drink or a bite to eat while they listen to the stories (each 5 minutes). Men, women and children enjoyed the experience of sharing some incredible stories of birth. We all have a birth story to tell! Taking the spoken word story or poetry slam model and applying it to this theme is a brilliant idea. Audience members will vote for their favorite teller and prizes will be awarded. While both of the Birth Story Slam events have been based in Boston, event organizers hope to expand to other cities in the future.
If you are out of the area and miss this event, go to the Birth Story Slam YouTube channel to listen to the stories from the first event.