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Fluid motion: The birth of Knox

My plans: With my first birth being at a hospital and my second taking place at a birth center, this surely wasn’t my first rodeo. I decided this little surprise baby would be born at home. Our home is a … Continue reading

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A beautiful mess: The birth of Hazel

August 10, my due date, came and went. Nothing was happening. I had a few Braxton Hicks contractions up to that point, but nothing serious. And I was getting upset because I believed my baby would be born early. At a … Continue reading

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Welcome home: The birth of Atlas

I gave birth at home after six hours of active labor, which is relatively short for a first-time mom. I lost a lot of blood—but not enough to warrant hospital transfer. I needed stitches, but I’ve healed well. As far … Continue reading

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Pushing through: The birth of Carter

It was Wednesday, July 9. Carter’s due date was July 6, so I was already three days overdue. I’d had four acupuncture appointments to try and start labor. We had discussed inducing labor in the 41st week. But if I did it … Continue reading

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Special delivery: The birth of Warren

I will never forget the way my heart skipped beats when I first saw that positive pregnancy test. My husband and I found out we were going to be parents during the week of our first anniversary—there’s no greater gift … Continue reading

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A long wait: The birth of Catherine

Each of my babies has come later than the one before, so I wasn’t surprised when the 40-week mark came and went with no sign of Baby No. 4. At my 40-week appointment I decided to schedule an induction for … Continue reading

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Doubly blessed: The birth of Ella and Oliver

I knew I would never make it to 40 weeks because I was pregnant with twins. I made 38 weeks my goal, knowing it would probably happen sooner—but hopefully not much. Yet, at my 35-week appointment, when the doctor said let’s … Continue reading

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Twice the love: The birth of Leo and Becky

My contractions began over spring break. I was at 28 weeks and was pregnant for the first time … with twins! I was admitted to the hospital for pre-term labor and released the next day with anti-contraction medication. The medication was able to prevent … Continue reading

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Worth every itch and stitch: The birth of Logan

As a pregnant teacher due at the end of June, I was desperate for the school year to be over. There were four days left of school and only one week until my due date, but when I got out of bed … Continue reading

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Labor day jitters: The birth of Lucy

I brought the crew and my grandma to my scheduled 38-week ultrasound. My belly was measuring small, as it did during my previous pregnancies. The ultrasound showed a perfect head with ventricles, a four chambered heart and normal amniotic fluid level … Continue reading

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A swift delivery: The birth of Arya Marilyn

I asked to be induced early throughout my pregnancy … this was my third child, and my son had been 9 pounds, 13 ounces at 41 weeks. But every time I went to the doctor, I was told that they could not induce … Continue reading

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Little lady in a hurry: The birth of Elisabeth

On September 11, I finished up my work and logged off around 5 p.m. I was working from home and planned to work right up until I gave birth (unless my OB suggested otherwise), and I remember logging off that day … Continue reading

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Main squeeze: The birth of Rocco

I remember when I said I couldn’t possibly love another baby as much as I love Maya. Well, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. My heart just massively exploded and is oozing love, pride, and all that ‘head over heels’ … Continue reading

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All in a day’s work: The birth of Grayson

Let’s start at my 35th week. (Let it be noted that while all of this was happening, I had a bad case of bronchitis, an upper respiratory infection and a sinus infection!) We went in for my checkup and did the basics—weight, … Continue reading

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Second nature: The birth of Olivia

My first labor and delivery went pretty much textbook, and I was proud of myself for being able to achieve my goal of doing it without an epidural. However, after delivery I hemorrhaged pretty badly and ended up needing an emergency surgery, … Continue reading

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Ready and waiting: The birth of Parker

My pregnancy with Parker was excellent. It went really well and was as close to perfect as it could have gotten. We were due December 22. I did not want to be induced and did not want any medical intervention … Continue reading

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Stuck on you: The birth of Aria

I was scheduled to be induced at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30 (I was 39 weeks and three days) and was given three doses of Cervidil that night. I didn’t have “typical” labor pains—I felt it all in my … Continue reading

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Coming soon: The birth of Naomi

When I found out I was pregnant with my second baby just 13 months after having my first, I knew I wanted to do things a little differently this time around. With my son, Sawyer, I was overdue and so anxious … Continue reading

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The power of a birth story

Ever had a friend, family member or even complete stranger eagerly tell you the nitty-gritty details of her traumatizing birth story? The answer, for many moms, is a resounding yes. But the real question is: Have you ever had someone … Continue reading

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Taking a chance: The birth of Rylee, Saydee and Liam

This story actually begins years ago in the summer of 2011 when my wife, Ratana, and I got married. After our wedding, we tried right away to have children. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy. For the next year and a half, we tried every trick … Continue reading

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A new beginning: The birth of Nash

It was a normal checkup on a Friday morning, and my mother was with me. I was due in two weeks. We went into the doctor’s office to have the ultrasound, and he was as healthy as could be. They … Continue reading

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Finally here: The birth of Neeson

  Neeson Foley, I am your mama, and this is your birth story. I’ve started writing it a million different times and in a million different ways. How do I find the right words to describe such a magical day? … Continue reading

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Party of five: The birth of Sebastian

Delima is a Portuguese last name, but the literal Filipino/Tagalog translation of Delima is “of five” (de = of; lima = five). Our family was blessed with our third child’s arrival two weeks early, and now we are a party of five. I … Continue reading

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The perfect anniversary present: The birth of Arthur Edward

I thought my eight-year wedding anniversary present was supposed to be pottery, bronze, linens or lace. My husband Jordan and I usually took the day off of work to spend the day together, but because we were due two days … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: The birth of EvieAunna

It all started on October 21, 2014. I was 33 weeks into my pregnancy. I woke up that morning and started getting ready for work. As I was doing my hair, I felt my pants get wet. I quickly pulled … Continue reading

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No better reward: The birth of Blakeleigh

On July 2, I went in for our last OB appointment—a bittersweet moment. I hoped it would be my last, but I knew there was a possibility of coming back if baby girl didn’t want to come on time. We … Continue reading

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C-section reflection: The birth of Claire

We had my C-section scheduled for July 1, the first day that my doctor would be available to do the surgery, even though I could have gone a few days earlier. I love, love, love my doctor—she delivered Eloise as well … Continue reading

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Mind over matter: The birth of Charlotte

Charlotte Rose Weatherly was born at 3:52 p.m. on April 21 in a bright, sun-filled hospital room—a month early and not in the birth center, as I had planned so carefully. Her birth was preceded by three days without food and two-and-a-half days in … Continue reading

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Home sweet home: The birth of William

William’s birth story really began three years ago when I started reading Grantly Dick-Read’s Childbirth Without Fear. The main idea of the book is that birth does not have to be painful if a mother is not afraid of childbirth. … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Isabel

Isabel was born on Black Friday, just five days before my due date! (My firstborn, Daniel, was eight days early.) I had tons of belly ligamentous pain from 38 weeks and onward. I slept and lay in bed for forever! But, it’s … Continue reading

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Remembering Briar

In honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we’re sharing one mother’s story of loss and love. February 5, 2015, the day after my 31st birthday, is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. I … Continue reading

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A whirlwind delivery: The birth of Giada

As I reached the 36th week, we all had much anticipation that our daughter’s birth could be approaching any day. Because our son was born prematurely, we were prepared this time: a birth plan in place, hospital bag packed, cord blood … Continue reading

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What a gift: The birth of Leo

It was really hard to believe that we were going to have our second child any day. I was in disbelief; it had gone so fast. I wanted to savor every second I could, have a little bit of a life, … Continue reading

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Fast and furious: The birth of Lucy

I left work on Friday afternoon excited for the weekend and ready to knock out our giant to -do list of baby preparation. Our due date was July 1, so we thought we had the whole month of June left … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Nolan

At 36 weeks and two days, on December 12, it was like every other day. I was at the table with my son, Josiah (or Little Ox #1, as he’s nicknamed on my blog), having lunch. I was struggling with him, … Continue reading

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Rapid labor: The birth of Josslyn Lenore

I had my weekly checkup on a Wednesday morning before I went into work at the lab. I had had a fun-filled pregnancy thus far, vomiting several times a day well into month nine. I was 2 centimeters dilated at … Continue reading

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Right at home: The birth of Akira

For those of you who have followed along during my pregnancy, you know that in what has now become my last Knocked-Up blog post, I was having some false labor and a whole lotta Braxton Hicks contractions that were leading me … Continue reading

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The great wait: The birth of Arabella

I had a great pregnancy with Arabella. It was my first pregnancy, and I was a little nervous—but so excited! My doctor said all along that it looked like I’d have a regular vaginal delivery, so that was what I … Continue reading

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Double the fun: The birth of Regina & Eli

On June 13, 2014, I was driving to work with my 3-year-old son, Matheo. I was working as a teacher in the same school/daycare that Matheo was going. I was feeling good and thought I had nothing to worry about … Continue reading

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Step right up: The birth of Daisy

I love telling this story because it was such a beautiful labor—and nothing like my first one. I went into labor the night after my due date, which was March 26, 2015. It was around 10 p.m. on the 27th, … Continue reading

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Through fire and water: The birth of Aaron James

I was prepared to meet our baby on April 27 or after. At 38 weeks, I saw no signs of labor, so I was mentally preparing myself to go past my due date. I woke up in the wee hours … Continue reading

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Homeward bound: The birth of Cheyton Texas

It’s surreal to think this day even happened; it feels like a dream that happened in my heart. How do I even begin to write the majesty of the day our son came earth side, the day I became a … Continue reading

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Hurry down: The birth of Brooklin

In April I had found out I was expecting a little baby! I got so excited, but I did not know what I was in for. During my (long) pregnancy, I was in and out of the hospital and so scared every … Continue reading

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How we survived: The birth of Jackson

What I remember, I remember in flashes. They are bright and distinct and some are so visceral they rend open my heart. Even now, I lie in bed and unspool the memories like so much thread: how close we came … Continue reading

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A betting game: The birth of Declan

On my last day of work, which was just a little over a week before my due date, my husband Adam drove me to and from work—knowing that this day would be bittersweet for me. That evening, we went out … Continue reading

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My turkey baby: The birth of Savannah

As my 39-week check wraps up, I put a hand on my enormous belly and decide to ask my OB about nudging labor along. “If I still haven’t gone into labor by next week’s appointment,” I ask cautiously, “Would you … Continue reading

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Daddy’s boy: The birth of Elijah

I gave birth. That alone is a crazy enough experience to change someone’s life, but now we have a precious little boy who has in fact changed our lives forever. The Lord blessed us with getting pregnant basically as soon as … Continue reading

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A rookie delivery: The birth of Caroline

I am in awe of my body. I am amazed at what it’s done over the last nine months—and especially what it did on November 1st and 2nd. My due date was Monday, November 3, and for several weeks we’d … Continue reading

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Through the storm: The birth of Rylnn Summer

My daughter was born on December 11, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. Labor started that Thursday morning, and I was just not feeling right. I called into work and told … Continue reading

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Right on schedule: The birth of Barker

May 4, 2015 was one of the most exciting days for my little family. It’s the day our sweet Barker Hayes was born. I had a repeat scheduled C-section for that day. A few weeks before I was sure I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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