Push back: The birth of Destiny

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Working up to my delivery date, I asked as many women as I could about their labor and birth experiences. I wanted to be prepared for all possible outcomes—from an emergency C-section to a drop of the baby’s heart rate

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April Fools’ baby: The birth of Nathan

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On the night of March 31, my jokester of a husband devised a plan. His oldest brother was out of town, and Dave thought it would be a hilarious April Fools’ Day joke to tell him our baby was born

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Right on schedule: The birth of Jethro

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My husband and were actually a little stressed about when our son would arrive. We have a 4-year-old daughter, and we don’t live near family. My mom is who we chose to watch her, but she lives three hours away in

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Growing pains: The birth of Annelise

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I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy—just your run-of-the-mill horrible hip pain at night, occasional leg cramps, nonstop eating and general misery. My first baby is 8 months old now. She is precious, but that last trimester of pregnancy is rough! The weeks

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Double the love: The birth of Deacon

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We found out we were pregnant with baby No. 2 a couple of weeks after our first child’s first birthday, which was also four days before we departed for our family vacation to Hawaii. From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I

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Laughing matter: The birth of Anani Pearl

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Saturday morning, June 1, I woke up with this crazy urge to pee. I got up, or rather rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom. (I was in my 38th week of pregnancy.) Everything went normally, so I headed back

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Peace and quiet: The birth of Sophia Shehabi

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While waiting to pick up my prescription glasses, I felt a hint of a backache—my first during the entire pregnancy. At that point I was at 38 weeks. Early the next morning, at 4 a.m., I felt a trickle of

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Fashionably late: The birth of Felicity Lenore

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This was my third baby—and our first girl! My due date was January 29, but at the beginning of my pregnancy I hoped she would wait until the beginning of February because my family has a lot of January birthdays already.

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Double the fun: The birth of Aubree and Riley

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This was my first pregnancy, and I was blessed to be having twin girls. I was at 30 weeks and was getting all the last details done. On February 11 I hadn’t been feeling well at all that day, and as

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My baby mine: The birth of Joy

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It was our first wedding anniversary, and we had planned to stay at the Westin in Seattle. It was about a 90-minute drive from home. I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, but I had heard that first-time moms often go past

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