The Dial Press Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers The Dial Press Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers
The Dial Press Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers The Dial Press Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers

Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers

By Amy Schumer


Publication Date: April 5, 2022

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A wide range of women—actors, athletes, academics, CEOs, writers, small business owners, birth workers, physicians, and activists—share their experiences of becoming mothers in this multifaceted, moving, and revealing collection.

Two pink lines on a pregnancy test. The primal scream of a woman pushing through her thirty-fifth hour of labor. The moment a still-wet newborn is placed in his mother’s open arms after an unexpected c-section. The bottomless love reflected in the eyes of a father seeing his daughter for the first time. The moment a baby latches to her mother’s breast. Or the moment that mother decides to switch to formula. Each of these, and so many more, are stories of entering motherhood.

Motherhood is an identity, a calling, a battle, a journey. By sharing their experiences, the contributors to Arrival Stories offer an informative and deeply affecting account of what it feels like when a woman first realizes she is a mother. Throughout her difficult pregnancy, and following her frightening labor experience, Amy Schumer found camaraderie and empowerment in hearing birth stories from other women, including that of her friend, activist Christy Turlington Burns. It is through their conversations that the idea for this book was born. Intimate and urgent, Arrival Stories offers a panoramic view of motherhood, and highlights the grave injustices that women of color face in maternal healthcare. It is the perfect book for any expectant or new mother, or for anyone who knows and loves one.

About the Author

Amy Schumer is one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. She is the recipient of a Peabody award, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.  She was raised in New York City and Long Island and is a mother. 

Christy Turlington Burns is the Founder & CEO of Every Mother Counts. Christy’s work in maternal health began after experiencing a childbirth related complication in 2003—an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the documentary feature film, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christy’s leadership, Every Mother Counts has invested over $20 million in programs in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe, respectful and equitable for every mother, everywhere.  

Turlington Burns has been one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year. Christy graduated Cum Laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Independent Studies and studied Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Yale Nursing School Dean’s Leadership Council and the Smithsonian Institute’s American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI) Advisory Committee. 

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: New York, NY

Format: Hardcover

Length: 224 pages

Publisher: The Dial Press

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

ISBN: 9780593230282

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