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Our ultimate gift: The birth of Daniel

Four days past my due date, December 19, 2016, my husband Anthony and I headed out for yet another appointment with my OBGYN—one I was sure I wouldn’t have to keep considering I was dilated to 3 centimeters at my … Continue reading

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Home remedy: The birth of Fanon

Towards the end of the summer, I dreamt of being at the beach in the clearest water with little minnows swimming all around me. I was adamant that I wasn’t pregnant, despite everyone’s knowing—side eyes. And although I wasn’t pregnant at … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Clarence

On the night of August 22, 2016, I started having contractions 5-7 minutes apart. I told my husband to pack up because I was ready to have the baby! My in-laws stayed home to be with our toddler. While my … Continue reading

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Scar of honor: The birth of Savannah

I had my first contraction just three short hours after ringing in 2017. I was 41 weeks and 5 days pregnant, and I was READY for my girl to make her entrance. Momma is always about 15 minutes late, so … Continue reading

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Seeing it all: The birth of Carlos

I am the mother of a beautiful 6-month-old baby boy! I would say that my baby is the most handsome and perfect, but in reality, all babies are. All babies are wonderful and all mothers play a very difficult role … Continue reading

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A wonderful surprise: The birth of Nora

We weren’t sure if we wanted children. My husband, Chaz, and I met when we were freshmen in college. Our relationship began as friends which quickly grew into a lot more! We were married young and very in love. This … Continue reading

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Eye on the prize: The birth of Katalina

I have decided to share my birth story because the day before I was induced, I was desperately searching for a similar story to help me prepare. While no story could have truly prepared me, I hope mine will help … Continue reading

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Natural healing: The birth of John

One year ago today, I experienced a natural, unmedicated birth for the first time, as I brought our son—and fourth child—into the world. The memories of his birth are still so vivid; I literally cannot grasp how this year has … Continue reading

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Timing is everything: The birth of Deacon

It was Saturday night, June 17, and expectations were low. Although my due date was less than a week away, my OB had reported very little progress in the last month. I fully expected to put in my typical effort … Continue reading

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Inner strength: The birth of Raphael

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” —Marie Mongan Awakened by a vigorous pain of rhythmic contractions orchestrated by an enchanted force to push a tiny body pulsating within into a new world … Continue reading

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Natural wonder: The birth of Koda

I remember my first pregnancy with Allie (now 5). I was terrified the entire nine months—terrified to give birth. I thought, How in the hell am I supposed to push a freaking watermelon out of my hoo-ha? I wanted to … Continue reading

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Worth it all: The birth of Dustin

Who knew that me and Kim Kardashian would have something in common … Placenta Accreta. If I were her and was able to have another baby, I would take my doctor’s advice and find a surrogate to carry my baby. … Continue reading

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Meant to be: The birth of Judah

I believe that there is a certain emptiness in every mother before she meets her baby. Some mothers don’t notice the emptiness until they meet their child. Suddenly their world is rocked, and they rediscover the meaning of love. But for … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of Isla

I am the 5 percent—that rare, elusive baby born on its due date. As Lauren and I awaited our first, due on April 13, we joked, wondered and—I dare say—hoped that our child might follow in his or her father’s footsteps. … Continue reading

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Unbridled joy: The birth of Isla

When I was first assigned a due date, April 13, I thought two things: Perfect. I’ll be able to complete the big work task scheduled for April 12 before going into labor. Thank goodness only 5 percent of babies are … Continue reading

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Oh hold: The birth of Helena Rose

I was walking around dilated 3 centimeters and having contractions five minutes apart for days, but I wasn’t progressing so the doctors kept sending me home or telling me it wasn’t time. On December 20, the contractions were getting much worse, … Continue reading

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Guts and glory: The birth of Jill and Diane

I was 37 weeks and four days into my twin pregnancy and beyond thrilled to be heading to my induction appointment at 6 a.m. on a Friday morning. I was thrilled to be saying goodbye to an uncomfortable existence and hello to … Continue reading

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It’s a boy!: The birth of Roland

I had been having prodromal labor for a little more than two weeks. Most of the time, the contractions would start at night and stop when I got up and started moving around. On two separate occasions, I felt certain … Continue reading

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Safe zone: The birth of Theo and Henry

“We don’t need you NICU!” I repeated for weeks every time Brian and I passed the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UCLA on our way to be checked for pre-term labor. “My babies will be fine! … Besides, we are … Continue reading

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Bigger and better: The birth of Carter

The big “DD” had come and gone, and I was an emotional wreck. I’d been told by my midwife that our cute baby boy would most likely be coming early (and that was at 35 weeks!). Needless to say, my … Continue reading

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Close call: The birth of Bodhi

I woke up on Friday feeling tight in the stomach. “Tight” is the only way I could think to describe it. My mother-in-law was visiting from South Africa for the first time, and we all decided to go shopping and … Continue reading

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Pushing through: The birth of Gavin

Seeing the plus sign on that little stick for the second time was just as surreal as the first. Not long after our daughter’s first birthday we realized our baby was growing up, and we no longer had a baby. Was … Continue reading

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Take it VBAC: The birth of Macy Mae

At my first prenatal doctor appointment, we discussed delivery, and I decided that I truly wanted a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It was very important to me after my first daughter’s birth, which included hitting 41 weeks without any … Continue reading

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A last-minute detour: The birth of Isaac

After my daughter, Addy, was born, I had my heart set on a VBAC. I labored very quickly with Addy and pushed hard for two hours to have her head still stuck at -1 station. When she was delivered via … Continue reading

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In the blink of an eye: The birth of Penelope Jane

Penelope is my third child, and this pregnancy was my first time going past my due date. Those last days of pregnancy are a mental chess game, and I now understand just how much harder it is each day you go … Continue reading

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At long last: The birth of Junia

I was 10 days past my due date. Never in my life had 10 days felt so long—not even when I was a kid waiting for Christmas! Pregnant with my first child in the middle of July, 10 days overdue, fearing the unknown … Continue reading

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Make haste: The birth of Ava

It was Saturday, the day before my due date. I had been experiencing nausea for the past week or two. I was ready to have the baby because I was getting pretty uncomfortable. I reviewed all the highlighted sections in my … Continue reading

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No place like home: The birth of Alexandria

Alexandria Joyce Gonzales. My pregnancy with her went smoothly; she was a lot like her brother. The one key difference between their two pregnancies: I didn’t have gestational diabetes this time around, so my last trimester didn’t require all the monitoring I … Continue reading

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Early arrival: The birth of Carter Blake

It was a hot September day in Kentucky when I unexpectedly went into labor with my second precious little man at my mother’s house. I had been anticipating the arrival of my sweet Carter Blake for nine long months. My … Continue reading

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Drunk in love: The birth of Ben

It was a beautiful day spent visiting my sister and her family three hours from home. My husband had a boys weekend near my sister’s house, but he was worried about being away from me because I was 37 weeks pregnant. … Continue reading

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No time to wait: The birth of Rose

At the last OB appointment my wife, Terry, was dilated 1 centimeter and was having no regular contractions. Frustrated at the lack of progress, we resigned to another week before meeting Rose. (This was my first baby, but it would be her … Continue reading

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A birth story of sorts: The birth of Scout

con·trac·tion kənˈtrakSH(ə)n noun 1. the process of becoming smaller.            a shortening of the muscles occurring at intervals before and during childbirth.   Scout, as we know him, had his first contraction in a corner table … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Vivian Rose

My husband Clay and I were ready for baby Vivian to arrive. Besides being pregnant ALL summer—a rite-of-passage on its own—we had taken a birth class series, signed up for a breastfeeding seminar, and even attended a doula meet and … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of AJ

A baby is a blessing for an entire family, a new link in a long chain of love. In my family, the oldest and most precious link has been our Nana, who lovingly nicknamed me “Chickie” (saying I looked like … Continue reading

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Best day ever: The birth of Claire James

On Monday, August 22, 2016, I was excited that my 40-week doctor visit was the next morning. (I should mention that August 23 was my estimated due date.) I had no expectations she would actually come on time. The week before, I was … Continue reading

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Team effort: The birth of Topher

For more than nine months, our prayers (and the prayers of so many for us) were for a natural delivery of a healthy baby. At 20 weeks, that prayer evolved to a natural delivery of a healthy baby BOY. From the … Continue reading

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Ready and waiting: The birth of Anne Louise

Our due date came and went without so much as an ache or contraction. I’d never felt better! In the words of my doctor at our last appointment our little girl was “comfy cozy” where she was, despite my eating … Continue reading

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Home for the holidays: The birth of Zander

Written to my love, Alexander “Zander” Calvary Zuperku, who was born on Friday, November 21, 2014. The day started out pretty normal, I woke with contractions, which was nothing serious because I had been having contractions since the last week of … Continue reading

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The time is now: The birth of Orion Joe

On August 11, 2016, I had a scheduled OB appointment around 1:30 p.m. I was 39 weeks and five days pregnant. Once I arrived they took my blood pressure, and it was elevated. (It had been the past few visits.) After … Continue reading

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An uphill battle: The birth of Lily

As I sit here typing with my 3-week-old daughter sleeping on my lap, our 32-hour struggle to bring her into this world seems so surreal. As if out of a movie, my contractions started around midnight during the only thunder … Continue reading

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Meant to be: The birth of Rowen

This birth story is for those who are scared of child birth. It’s a relief in the stormy wind of child-bearing hurricanes. Not that I am anything special of a woman—or that any method or way we chose was better—but … Continue reading

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Mini miracle: The birth of Sullivan

On Wednesday, November 9, we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Sullivan, into the world. He came a week early, which was a big surprise because his sister was a week late. He came at 7:06 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and … Continue reading

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Perfect storm: The birth of Stanley

My son’s birth story does not begin on his birth day, it begins three years prior—two years, 11 months and two days to be exact. That’s when I gave birth to my first born, a beautiful baby girl named Makena. Like many … Continue reading

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Shock and awe: The birth of Mia

My pregnancy was pretty miserable for me. I think I must have been sick weeks before I even got pregnant, it was that bad. I threw up every morning, and I was sick morning, noon and night—not sure why they … Continue reading

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Fashionably late: The birth of Ashlyn Harper

My excitement began to grow as my due date of April 25 approached. I figured my baby girl would soon be born. I could not wait for my little bean to be welcomed into the world by her awaiting family. Also, … Continue reading

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Comfy cozy: The birth of Vivienne

On January 9 at 9 a.m., Vivienne Lani Dinh was born, weighing in a 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long. All the anticipation and waiting for nine months, and she was officially here—we couldn’t have been happier or … Continue reading

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Worth the waiting: The birth of Maxwell

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am so impatient. It really is one of my worst qualities. I cannot wait patiently for anything. So, after my due date, I just wanted to be induced. I was so ready. The … Continue reading

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Quick arrival: The birth of Austin

From the day I heard my due date I had a feeling I was going to go beyond it. I don’t know why, but I just had this feeling. As my due date approached, I did everything I could think … Continue reading

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Go with the flow: The birth of Nayara

On December 6, 2014, I had the delightful experience of giving birth to my daughter. I decided to deliver at home, in water and in my daughter’s bedroom. She was born in just under eight hours, from the very first contraction to holding her … Continue reading

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A wonderful surprise: The birth of Lorenzo

Our baby’s due date was May 20, and we decided from the very beginning to keep the gender a surprise! After a full weekend of working out and a date night cooking class at Sur La Table with my husband, … Continue reading

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