What we’ve been waiting for: The birth of Ellie

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I desperately wanted a natural birth. I watched The Business of Being Born (twice), and I read Ina May’s ‘Guide to childbirth.’ My husband and I had tried very hard to get pregnant. In fact, there was doubt I was

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Welcoming our twin daughters: Lyla and Nixon

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The days leading up to our scheduled C-Section on February 27, 2014 were full of emotions for our little family. We spent our time finishing last minute details around the house and giving our dogs a little extra love. Despite

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My literal labor of love: The birth story of Piper Parrish

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It’s faint, but I can still see the dot on my wrist where the IV was inserted. It reminds me of how recently I gave birth even though it already seems like a memory in my distant past. When I

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Warrior mama: The birth story of Fox

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So about a week before I went into labor, Jeremy showed me a photo of a sheep giving birth. This sheep was casually laying on its side with a baby sheep head just hanging out of its vag. I thought,

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Our little peach: The birth story of Bella

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After suffering hyperemesis throughout my whole pregnancy, which meant I was violently sick every day, and being hospitalized twice, I was desperate to give birth on my due date. However, after a sweep a couple of days before my due

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Full of surprises: The birth story of James

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It all started Monday, April 30, 2012, on my due date. I woke at 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom for the tenth time, and when I sat up, I thought I had peed a little! I remember my

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Our rainbow: The birth of Gracen

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Gracen’s birth was healing to say the very least. There could not have been more of a contrast between the light of the day he was born versus the darkness on the day Xander silently entered the world. We went

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Lucky baby: The birth of Lukas

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It was an early spring morning, March 25, 2014, to be exact. My husband and I were running late, as usual, to my 8 month and two week checkup at the OB/GYN. To our surprise, the doctor was late, too. The

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My little darling: The birth of Sarah

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I began my journey toward parenthood as an individual who had neither held a newborn baby, babysat nor ever interacted with one for long periods of time. I didn’t know how to swaddle a baby or that you had to

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A feverish week: The birth of Wayne Norman

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Wayne Norman Riley was born October 28th 2013 at 12:51 am. It was a crazy whirlwind week before and after and I have barely been able to get my mind around it all. The week leading up to Wayne’s birth

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