Somerville Slam COMING SOON!

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Birth Story Slam is back for another great event. This year in Somerville at The Burren Backroom,

April 27th from 5:30-8PM.

Including a story from the daughter of a long line of strong Cambridge matriarchs who witnessed the birth of her sister and from an obstetrician who bucked the status quo and assisted a woman giving birth on all fours!


This slam is not to miss!

Bring your friends and have a drink and an appetizer while enjoying ten engaging stories about reproduction and birth. Leave knowing more than when you came in.


Get your tickets today at and find out more information on Facebook.

Any questions? Email us at



Birth Story Slam: Back in Boston!




“Leave your preconceptions at the door. These stories are beyond conception.”

Audience Member, Boston Birth Story Slam 2013




Ten stories of reproduction in five minutes or less,

from home to hospital and back. 


Contributions by both seasoned and novice tellers.

Featuring stories by mothers, partners, doulas, midwives and obstetricians.    


Sunday, April 27 

5:30-8:00 PM  

@ The Burren

 Somerville, MA


 Get your tickets here:


Event open to all ages. Winner selected by the audience.


Full disclosure: We will not stop you from eating or drinking.

Table service provided during the show.

(regularly scheduled open mic to follow) 

Call for Tellers!

Call for Tellers!

It’s time for real stories about birth

– not just the televised versions.



Anyone who has witnessed/experienced/or anticipated childbirth.

All experiences and perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

Submit your story today!


Story coaching from Robin Maxfield

Co-founder of Mindset Communication coaching firm and

producer of Boston’s only all-female comedy show Boston Comedy Chicks.


Send a description of your story to by March 14th.

Check out our Youtube channel, Birth Story Slam, for videos from the last slam.

Open call: Pitch your story! Free Story Coaching to those selected!

We are looking for birth stories to be submitted prior to the event to make sure we capture a diverse range of experiences.

Five will be selected.

If selected, you will be eligible to receive coaching from Norah Dooley, all around amazing storyteller, executive director and co-founder of massmouth.

Here’s a quote from a happy coached story teller:

“Coaching by phone is a great idea!  In a few minutes of coaching, I got just what I needed to make my story shorter and sharper.  Thanks massmouth! If you want to tell better stories and are open to respectful professional feedback, get this coaching.” 



 We are especially looking for:

– – Your story!
– Empowering experiences
– Things you wish you had heard before you gave birth (based on your own experience)
– Changing perspectives
– Moments of discovery of new and transformative (childbirth-related) information through:
  • relationships
  • personal experience
  • books
  • films
  • etc.
– Experience with different types of maternity care providers
– Transfer stories from birth centers or home to hospital
– Experience seeking different birth experience based on prior birth experience

Email your story to:


Doesn’t have to be fully developed, just give us a description of what you plan to tell.

We welcome all submissions!!  Tell your friends!

Hope to hear from you soon!

The baby is coming soon…

Hey Boston!

Just under 3 weeks remain until the delivery of our very first Birth Story Slam!


In eager anticipation and preparation for this event,

we have been conducting just a little bit of research –

reading the books, meeting with providers, talking to our friends.


What did we discover?


Piles of information.


The worst part?

Realizing that just 8 months ago, we were largely unaware.


The best part?  

Finding women all around the country,

sharing their stories of birth,

in all sorts of ways.

(Books, plays,

radio documentaries,

blogs, videos, feature length films

and photo series…)


The other best part?

Finding dedicated people working to pull together resources and make changes.


What we know now – 

1. Birth happens in so many ways, around the world, the country, this city.

2. Most important factor in defining birth experience: chance.

3. More powerful than chance: empowerment.


 Stay tuned for information on how to submit your story!