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Thirty acclaimed writers share their personal birth stories—the extraordinary, the ordinary, the terrifying, the sublime, and the profane.

It’s an elemental, almost animalistic urge—the expectant mother’s hunger for birth narratives. Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery—the stories that new mothers need most.

Here is a book that transcends the limits of how-to guides and honors the act of childbirth in the twenty-first century. Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon have gathered true birth stories by women who have made self-expression their business, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Dani Shapiro, and many other luminaries.

In Labor Day, you’ll hear about women determined to give birth naturally and others begging for epidurals; women who pushed for hours and women whose labors were over practically before they’d started; women giving birth to twins and to ten-pound babies. These women give birth in the hospital, at home, in bathtubs, and, yes, even in the car. Some revel in labor, some fear labor, some feel defeated by labor, some are fulfilled by it—and all are amazed by it. You will laugh, weep, squirm, perhaps groan in recognition, and undoubtedly gasp with surprise. And then you’ll call every mother or mother-to-be that you know and say, “you must read Labor Day.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • Labor Day belongs on the nightstand next to What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s a must-have book for mothers, mothers-to-be, and anyone who cares about what birth looks like today.”

    Molly Ringwald

  • “One of the most important preparations for labor is reading actual stories from actual women in labor. Labor Day provides a tremendously varied, honest, and beautiful set of stories to learn from and grow with, no matter where you are in your parenting journey.”

    Mayim Bialik, PhD, actress, neuroscientist

  • “The authors capture the heightened emotions and physical demands of labor in beautiful, heart-wrenching, and sometimes graphic language. This isn’t a how-to book, nor does it present a case for the ‘perfect birth,’ which sets it apart from the plethora of childbirth manuals and lends it broader appeal and a very different type of resonance.”


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About the Author
Author Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson earned her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2005. An assistant professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two sons.