Birth Stories

Published on December 11th, 2015 | by Sacha Mardou

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THE STATE I’M IN: A Birth Story in Comics by Sacha Mardou, PART II

This is my story of navigating the messy, flawed, American healthcare system to having a low-key, British-style hospital birth. I’d say it’s pretty comparable, except for the bill you receive afterward.

I’m very grateful to Meg Lemke for holding my virtual hand as I showed her various drafts of this story, and to the cartoonist Lauren Weinstein for having the guts to do it first. In comics!

Part I of Sacha Mardou’s “The State I’m In” is here–you must read that if you haven’t yet. P.S. Mardou’s graphic novel Sky In Stereo just published, so also click that link!

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About the Author

Sacha Mardou

Mardou is from Manchester, England and now makes her home in St Louis, Missouri. She has made comics for web, print and film. Her most recent work is the graphic novel Sky in Stereo.



2 Responses to THE STATE I’M IN: A Birth Story in Comics by Sacha Mardou, PART II

  1. Anne says:

    I think it’s good that your doula was realistic about the possibility of a section. I was reading only Ina May while pregnant with my first and somehow got the idea I could avoid a section by planning a natural homebirth, and didn’t give it another thought. I ended up in hospital, having an emergency c-section. It all worked out in the end but we had to make a lot of decisions very quickly and I wished for my husband’s sake I’d prepared him better. (As an aside I’m an American who had my first baby in England, second in the U.S., and the midwife-led care in the UK was amazing! I missed it terribly the second time around. And the part where it’s all free.)

  2. Pip Tanager says:

    This is AMAZING! I am definitely going to draw my home birth story now. I’m so inspired by your courage at 38 wks and no doc. Thank you for sharing

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