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Lessons of Labor: One Woman’s Self-Discovery through Labor and Motherhood

ISBN: 978-1-933455-92-1

What if instead of trying to avoid the pain and uncertainty of labor, we asked what we could learn from it? In telling the intimate birth stories of her three children and miscarriage, Julia shows us how giving birth can be one of motherhood’s (and life’s) greatest teachers. Rather than giving advice on how to labor or how to parent, this book consistently offers the message that a woman can grow through the challenges that life presents her and learn to trust herself. For women who share a tendency for “getting it right,” this honest and unguarded memoir is a reminder that the pretense of control is no match for the freedom of letting go.

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Recognition & Awards:

Featured Review in the Spring 2015 issue of Foreword Reviews

Podcast with MSI Press Editor: podcast with Julia Aziz 02 2020

Press Release for Lessons of Labor (Aziz)


Articles by Julia Aziz:
Birth Institute: “Surrender: The Life Lessons of Birth”


Interview by Marie Bernard on “Synchronicity” (Youtube)
Book Talk, BTR Listen, “Interview with Julia Aziz” Parts 1 and 2
“Birth Wisdom Is Life Wisdom”
Fourth Trimester Podcast Episode 15″
“Honoring Your Birth Experience” (Extraordinary Moms podcast)
“How Birth Translates into Life Lessons” (Postpartum podcast)
“Self-Discovery in Motherhood” (MIndful Mama podcast)
Birth Wisdom Is Life Wisdom: Applying the Lessons of Labor to the Miracle of Life” (Taking Back Birth podcast)


More Interviews
Mom Talk Radio (mark 5:40-12:28)
Breakthrough Radio
“Don’t Box Me In” radio show
“Writing on the Air” (KOOP Radio)
“Where are all the babies?” (Mom Talk Radio)
“Julia Aziz Shares Lessons of Birth and Miscarriage” (EmpowHer) (blog)
“Naptime Drama, Miscarriage, and Lessons of Parenthood with Julie Aziz” (One Bad Mother episode 149)


Contributions to:
“Moms’ Wishes for New Year” in The Statesman
Local Author Reading List: Julia Aziz” in


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“Before giving birth for the first time, I was warned that labor would be the most painful physical experience I would ever endure, but no one ever told me that I would be entering into battle with my mind. No one explained that the pain of labor was just as much about facing my inner demons and giving up control as it was about physical discomfort. I also didn’t know that I would keep learning from the experience for the rest of my life.”