Birth Stories 2020

...because sharing stories is powerful!

Meet the winners of the Birth Story Contest and read their birth story.

We believe these stories are the beginning of a birth culture change, a culture of solidarity between birthers, a culture of strength and resilience. 

We are publishing one honorable mention birth story every Friday!

Don't miss any!



October 3rd, at 3 pm(EST)


ending with a virtual live performance of Jenn Grant!

Come and meet the winners of the birth story contest and the judges. This is an event where we will share birth stories and give a voice to birthers. We welcome parents-to-be and birth workers to listen and join the conversation.This will be a heartwarming event!

Register to this free event on Eventbrite. Donation welcome.

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by Ashley Lightfoot

First-Place Laureate 

Residing in Squamish, BC with her partner, Eric, two kidlets, and a kitty, Ashley became a certified doula after the birth of her first child. She adores helping families create peaceful and joyous transformation. Ashley is a member of the BC Doula Services Association, as well as the Tantalus Wellspring Society, a charity which assists those experiencing barriers in accessing mental wellness therapies. 


She can be reached at

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by Lori Sebastianutti

Second-Place Laureate 

Lori is a writer and teacher from Stoney Creek, Ontario. She is the former managing editor of the Fertility Matters Canada blog and her most recent work appeared in The Hamilton Review of Books.


You can find her on Twitter @sebastianl74 and on Instagram @sebastianlwrites and can read more of her work at

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by Mercedes Papalia

Third-Place Laureate 

Mercedes is a multi-disciplinary storyteller through art, design, and creative writing. Her journey began as an acting and vocal student at a young age and she continues to expand and diversify her creative practices. She currently works as an interior stylist, visual artist, and production designer for film and television. Mercedes is a devoted mother, wife, and lover of fresh flowers and authentic Italian food, forever in the pursuit of a beautiful life. 

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by Susan Flanagan

Honorable Mention 

Susan Flanagan has worked as a freelance journalist (BJ, King’s College, NS, 1991) and columnist in St. John’s, NL for almost 30 years.


Two of her novels will be published in 2021: The Degrees of Barley Lick (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides) and Supermarket Baby, winner 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award (Flanker Press).

To find out more here or on her Facebook page.

The honorable mention winners are:

     Name                                   From                                 Title

Danielle BoByk                   Kingston, ON            Reclaiming My Birth Story       

Angela Douglas                 Summerland, BC      Worth It

Susan Flanagan                 St. John’s, NL           Surprise Baby

Christine Folan                   Chatham, ON           Delivered

Jenna Kovacic                   Richmond Hill, ON   Believing in your Body

Dana MacDonald               Kingston, ON           Our Rainbow

Sheena McDonald             Toronto, ON              Surprise!

Julie Meier                         Calgary, AB              Mother Knows Best

Kristin Nuttal                      Pemberton, BC         A Full Moon Eclipse Birth

Brittany Oliver                    Welland, ON             Birth Plan

Camille Ramsberger          Keswick, ON            It All Makes Sense Now

Alison Ryder                      Kingston, ON           Just Like Hollywood

Sharon Shisvin                   Winnipeg, MB          Labour, Delivery and a Grateful Grandmother

Leah Timmerman               Maberly, ON            She Who Brings Forth the Blossoms

Sara Wettlaufer                  Petawawa, ON        A Dramatic Debut


These honorable mention stories will be published on our website — one story each week until all are published. Don’t miss any, follow us on Facebook or Instagram. 

Don't miss the
2019 Birth Stories 

More powerful and moving stories to read! 

Birth Story Contest

in the media

In the Kingstonist.

 On Limestone Lens

Birth story contest:

editor needed

We need a skillful editor to help create our book: A Canadian Anthology of Birth Stories (and some facts about maternity care)

Birth story contest: Guidelines 2020

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by Leah Timmermann

Honorable Mention 

Leah Timmermann lives in rural Eastern Ontario. She works as a midwife but is currently on leave with her 3-month-old daughter. She and her family live in a tiny house that they built on their family's land. She loves reading, cooking, and anything outdoors.  

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