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Worth waiting for: The birth of Olwethu

Well … I don’t know where to start. But then I was 40 weeks when I decided to go to the hospital. When I arrived there, there was some nurse who was helping around, so I took some time waiting … Continue reading

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All for the best: The birth story of Lucas

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. Mild cramping in the beginning, an irritating case of PUPPs in the third trimester (and for three weeks after birth) and a lot of pelvic/hip discomfort for the last month were the worst things I experienced. … Continue reading

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A speedy arrival: The birth of Abigail Rose

On September 9, 2014 at 11:20 p.m. I started having contractions five minutes apart. They were different than the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having; there was pressure in my pelvic area with each one. I waited at home … Continue reading

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My C-section experience: The birth story of David

I knew that I would, in all likelihood, be having this baby via C-section quite early in my pregnancy. By 30 weeks he was still breech and happy about it. It was around that time that I started talking to … Continue reading

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Our darling: The birth story of Poppy

It all started Saturday night (January 18) … David and I had been doing everything we could to try to bring on labor for the past few days, so after having a super spicy dinner we decided to go out … Continue reading

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My natural birth: The birth of McKayla

I hadn’t dreamed of having a natural birth. My mother’s experience with my big brother and I involved constant painful contractions with no breaks. She taught me early that I would need an epidural and, as a redhead, I should … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Leo

Leo Robert Coghill entered this world Tuesday, February 25 at 10:09 p.m. He was 8 pounds, 21 inches long and the sweetest baby from the instant they laid him on my chest. But let’s start at the beginning … I … Continue reading

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What a rush: The birth story of Caroline

I always enjoy reading other women’s birth stories on their blogs, even more so once I knew I was expecting. Here’s the story of Caroline’s birth; it was a wild ride… I was two days shy of 36 weeks when … Continue reading

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Perfect, pink and beautiful: The birth of Lily

Our birth story really should start with mom and dad. We were friends in high school (15 years ago) and found our way to each other through social media. Alex and I have that relationship that people only read about. … Continue reading

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Exciting and exhilerating: The birth story of Adrian

On Thursday, April 24, I was 38 weeks and four days pregnant. I woke up at 3 a.m. and was having contractions. I did my best to sleep through them and not wake up my hubby. Andre woke up that morning … Continue reading

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Our sweet girl: The birth story of Melinda

I planned to go visit my dear friend Dannii in the afternoon before my 37-week check-up appointment at 4 p.m. I got a call from my doctor telling me my appointment needed to be pushed to 5:30 p.m. because she … Continue reading

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Celebrating children

Last week, we celebrated my daughter on the occasion of her sixth birthday. This week, we will be celebrating our twins on the occasion of their second birthday. You’ll notice that I did not use the phrase “celebrated their birthday.” … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Finally!

She’s here, and this is what we already know about our new little girl: she’s a champion sleeper, heavy drinker and she does everything in her own sweet time. Actually, we knew that before we even met her—despite rounds and … Continue reading

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Welcoming our twin daughters: Lyla and Nixon

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Warrior mama: The birth story of Fox

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, … Continue reading

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Our little peach: The birth story of Bella

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 … Continue reading

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Full of surprises: The birth story of James

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 … Continue reading

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Our rainbow: The birth of Gracen

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 … Continue reading

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Lucky baby: The birth of Lukas

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 … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, hero

My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. Today is my wife’s birthday. On this momentous occasion, I’d like to tell you why my wife is my hero. First of all, she conceived and carried all four of our children. She went … Continue reading

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My little darling: The birth of Sarah

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 … Continue reading

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A feverish week: The birth of Wayne Norman

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 … Continue reading

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My pretty girl: The birth of Sofia Michelle

I was at my 38 week check up on Wednesday, November 28 when the nurse took my blood pressure a few times before the doctor came in. When he did, he told me I was 1 cm dilated and my … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Eva Rose

January 31st, my expected due date, came and went. I was praying that something would happen that day, but it didn’t. The entire pregnancy I just knew I would deliver early, but I guess baby had another plan. My mom … Continue reading

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A beautiful gift: The birth of Valencia Grace

I knew we were spending a lot of money preparing for Valencia’s birth by paying for birthing classes, books, and doulas, but I wanted an un-medicated birth. Therefore, I wanted to be as informed as possible. Only a couple things … Continue reading

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Double the love: The birth of Kyla and Khloe

After a very scary pregnancy that involved countless doctor appointments, being hospitalized, and lots of bed rest, I was finally in the hospital being induced at 36 weeks with my mo-di (one placenta, two amniotic sacs) twins. My doctor had … Continue reading

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My girl: The birth of Catherine

Long before I got pregnant, I knew that when it came time for me to labor and deliver this hypothetical child, I would be getting an epidural. I didn’t want to have to experience the pain associated with child birth. … Continue reading

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So thankful: The birth of Sadie Grace

At 28 weeks, I was told that I had vasa previa, which is an abnormality of the placenta and can be life threatening for the baby. This would prevent me from having a natural birth. The news was a shock … Continue reading

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Labor of love: The birth of Auden Isabela

As a first time mother I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from my own body during pregnancy, but surprisingly I was spared the morning sickness, heart burn, and swelling. Even in retrospect, I feel very fortunate to have had a relatively smooth … Continue reading

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Worth the wait: The birth of Madeline Jane

I was just at 37 weeks on a Saturday morning last June, pregnant with our first baby, when the small contractions I had been feeling for the last two days began to feel a little stronger … I was sort … Continue reading

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A Grand Entrance: The birth of Violet

October 16, was a typical day of being nearly 40 weeks pregnant. Lily had preschool and then we hung out at home doing laundry and a little bit of cleaning. George was off from work.  He and I stayed up … Continue reading

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True love: The birth of Adelaide

I have been debating whether or not I wanted to share Adelaide’s birth story.  It’s private and intimate.  It’s a love story.  It’s a story between a husband, a wife and their perfect daughter.  It’s ours. Ultimately I decided to … Continue reading

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My greatest accomplishment: The birth of Patryk

I spent the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy on bed rest due to preterm contractions, and was growing increasingly restless.  I was ready to meet my son, yet knew that it would be best if he cooked a little … Continue reading

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A light in the dark: The birth of Eleanor

The birth of my daughter, Eleanor, was nothing like I expected or planned. With my first labor I had the standard fears and anxieties about how my labor would progress and the pain I would experience. For my second, the … Continue reading

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A change of plans: The birth of Brooks

I woke up on Saturday, March 10th, at 6 a.m. with a different kind of contraction than I had been experiencing. This was a pain in my lower back that took my breath away every ten minutes. There was no … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Ronan Jon

I was feeling quite discouraged as my due date loomed and my latent labor showed no signs of turning into active labor. I spent each day working out, taking a long power walk, sitting on my birth ball, reading while … Continue reading

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Father’s Day present: The birth of Landon Christopher

It was a Friday and I had just finished work. I was due in a week so I was excited to now have this time to rest, relax, get some last minute stuff for the nursery, and spend my last … Continue reading

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Little Prince: the birth of Noah

It was a chilly Sunday morning and the time change had just sent us falling back an hour. Noah was snug as a bug in my belly and two days past his due date. I was awoken by a tinge … Continue reading

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Lightning Fast: The birth of Olive

Scott and I had talked for a few months about starting a family. We decided we were ready, but we weren’t counting the days or timing things perfectly. If it happened, it happened … and it did happen not long … Continue reading

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Change of plans: The birth of Ariana

This story begins with our family of two adults, a dog and soon-to-be daughter making the move to California from Illinois. I was due August 27, 2013. Our house went under contract on the 4th of July with the closing … Continue reading

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Not as expected: The birth of Eleanor Rose

Pretty much every day after 37 weeks, I would wake up and wonder if it was going to be the day we would meet our daughter. Then with each passing day, I got more and more nervous, especially as I … Continue reading

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A cherubic boy: The birth of Silas

I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant when I went into the hospital to be induced. I did not want to be induced, and when I thought about the birth of my baby, induction was never in the picture. … Continue reading

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Third time’s a charm: The birth of Gemma Bird

I have had three completely different birth experiences. I had Julian in the hospital two weeks early when I was twenty-one. I had an epidural after twenty hours of labor, out of fear, when I heard the lady giving birth … Continue reading

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An unexpected miracle: The birth of Matthew

I have three boys. The first was born vaginally and the second one was a C-section. It was pretty much out of my hands because the doctor said that the baby wasn’t dropping. I felt terrible afterwards, and even went … Continue reading

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An early delivery: the birth of Rowan Arthur

Admittedly, I put off some things longer than pre-pregnant me thought I would. Being the anti-procrastinator, I imagined Roo’s nursery would be completely assembled and photo-ready two months before his due date. I assumed I’d have my hospital bag ready … Continue reading

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An all-natural gift: The birth of Parker

My husband awoke at 2:45am on Monday, March 18th to the sound of my shuffling slippers. He found me in the kitchen attempting to make a midnight snack. I had been timing contractions since 2am when I finally realized I … Continue reading

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Little Dragon: The birth of Anaïs

I was given three due dates: March 5th, 7th, and 9th. By the time my 40th week arrived, I was really hoping that the first of three would be my ticket to deliver. So for the first four days, I … Continue reading

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A different plan: The birth of Ava

First let me say that I could write an entire post on my frustration in the last couple weeks of pregnancy. I was definitely blessed with a smooth experience overall (minus heartburn and the inability to sleep), but I truly … Continue reading

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