(Re)planning for perfection: The birth of Emerson Rose

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I am so excited to share Emerson’s birth story, not only because it was one of the most amazing moments of my life, but also because I am truly proud of it. I feel blessed because, although things did not

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Our little blessing: The birth of Chinua

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On a Tuesday evening I went to bed and suddenly had this huge “wee.” I thought, “How can it be because I just came from the toilet?” And yes it was clear water, smelling like bleach coming down. Luckily I

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Right on time: The birth of Ivan

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My birth story was the conclusion to an extremely difficult eight-month journey we went through; however, given the chance, I would do it all over again. I suffered hyperemesis during my pregnancy, which is one of the worst sicknesses that

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Home birth in a hurry: The birth of Eldon

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My due date was May 26, so I was late as per my usual—as I had expected to be. On the morning of June 1, I woke up a bit before 6 a.m., and I was feeling some pretty decent

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Date night delivery: The birth of Josie

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Date night, up until I had hit the third trimester, had been my favorite night of the week. I loved the process of getting dressed up, going somewhere nice and spending some one-on-one time with my husband, Josh. I love

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Our tiny tough guy: The birth of Hunter

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Hunter Ray was born on April 14 at 6:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. My husband, Josh, and I are super proud parents, and we think he looks like me. I got Braxton Hicks a

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Unexpected turns ahead: The birth of Cruz

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Our precious son was born at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. He had already taught me my first lesson of mommyhood: Be flexible. I had my birth plan written by my second appointment with my midwife: birthing tub, all

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Our second princess: The birth of Selah Faith

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It was a cool morning in October, and I was expecting to do another home birth with my sixth baby. I hadn’t found out the sex, and I was waiting in anticipation to see if my only daughter would finally get

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Our little peanut: The birth of Lydia Simone

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Peanut Watch 2013 was a very watched event! No one knew when Peanut would be coming or just what kind of peanut we would be having. Micah and I had decided not to know the sex of the baby, so everyone

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What bravery really means: The birth of Aidan

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The night it happened, I awoke in sudden pain. I instinctively grasped for the opposite side of the bed, but my husband, Chris, was gone. I remembered in a diminishing fog that he was working nights—not his favorite part of

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