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Itching to meet you: The birth of Daniel 

Cholestasis … a word that I never knew changed my life forever. Cholestasis is a condition I’d never heard of until July 2013. I was 16 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and attending my uncle’s wake. I was very close to him. … Continue reading

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Taking her sweet time: The birth of Avery Nicole

At my 41-week appointment, three days past my due date, hearing the words “Do you want to have a baby today?” not only caused my heart to race but my mind as well. Have a baby today? Of course I … Continue reading

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Slow to start: The birth of Garrity

I was induced 10 days after my due date. My doctor would have let me go to 42 weeks before induction, but at this point I was 41-and-a-half weeks pregnant; I’d tried every natural way to induce labor and had … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Andrew

Well, naturally, having done this whole birthing thing before, I can’t help but compare the two. So I apologize if jumping back and forth gets annoying. Both my birthing experiences were very similar—yet also very different. With my first child, … Continue reading

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Finally a family: The birth of Ivy

I wish this was one of those birth stories where it’s a beautiful delivery, and you’re on your way out of the hospital in two days with. But, sadly, it did not go that way for us. We struggled through … Continue reading

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And then there were four: The birth of Grace Elizabeth

We have a fourth family member! It is always such a crazy thing to have a baby in your belly one day, and then cuddling her in your arms the next. The week before our little girl arrived, our town … Continue reading

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Give and take: The birth of Maximilian

I’d never given much thought to becoming a mom. I’d never dreamt of becoming one, nor did I ever think I’d be nurturing enough for the job. In my mind, motherhood took someone like my mom—selfless, with saint-like patience, an … Continue reading

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And baby makes three: The birth of Isaac Henry

Saturday, October 15 was the big due date, and I had been having contractions for two hours every two minutes. I wouldn’t call them painful, but they were uncomfortable. All the professionals live by the 5-1-1 rule. Contractions every five minutes, … Continue reading

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A true labor of love: The birth of Liam

It has taken me awhile to get to a place where I can write down Liam’s birth story with affection. His birth was such a special event, but it took me some time to realize this! Of course I wanted to have … Continue reading

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A welcome surprise: The birth of Joseph Kolbe

My little Joey bug is 3 months old now, and I’ve sufficiently recovered from the emotional trauma that is childbirth to be able to share his birth day tale. Now I’m not into sharing super personal or gruesome details on the … Continue reading

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An unplanned C-section: The birth of Taylor Bea

When Baby A hadn’t made her way into the world when her due date approached, my husband and I were beyond impatient to meet our little girl. If she didn’t make her way into the world on her own, I … Continue reading

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On the move: The birth of Floyd

We went on our tour of the hospital at 7 p.m. on 3/17, and I kept saying that I wanted to just stay and be in labor. Before going to bed that night I had one contraction that was most … Continue reading

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Natural bliss: The birth of Mia

My husband and I wanted to have a natural birth from the very start, although I was unsure of how I would handle that, having never given birth before. I am a very sensitive person, a bit neurotic and very … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charmer: The birth story of Theo

I probably should’ve known something was up when I found myself scrubbing the bathroom floor with my go-to “Grace means business” bathroom cleaner (baby wipes) at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, December 30. I was 37 weeks and one … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Emery

Hi my name is Marjorie Iglesia. I’m 25 years old and from Fort Smith, AR. I gave birth to my son on July 8, 2014—right on his due date! Like all new expectant moms, I was very anxious on that early morning … Continue reading

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Cherishing the moment: The birth of Julian

  It was a Monday morning, and my boyfriend and I were on FaceTime keeping track of my every contraction when my mother came in to say goodbye and kiss my tummy. I told her I was getting contractions that … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part two)

So here it is, the second and final installment of the birth story of my beautiful son. (In case you missed it, here’s the first.) By telling it over two weeks it kind of feels like it’s the last book in … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part one)

After nine and a half months of waiting, it has finally happened. Our baby has joined us in the world, and as all parents say it changed my life in the very moment I first saw him. It has done … Continue reading

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Our little blessing: The birth of Chinua

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 … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Ivan

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 … Continue reading

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Home birth in a hurry: The birth of Eldon

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 … Continue reading

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Date night delivery: The birth of Josie

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 … Continue reading

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Our tiny tough guy: The birth of Hunter

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 … Continue reading

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Unexpected turns ahead: The birth of Cruz

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 … Continue reading

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Our second princess: The birth of Selah Faith

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 … Continue reading

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Our little peanut: The birth of Lydia Simone

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 … Continue reading

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What bravery really means: The birth of Aidan

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 … Continue reading

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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 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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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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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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Giving birth to life: The birth of Zoe Nicole

“That was a nice long shower,” my husband groggily says to me as I step out of the en suite bathroom while he still lay in bed. “What time is it?” “It’s 4:30 a.m.” I respond as I dry off … 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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Our little surprise: The birth of Dean Lee

I hoped and hoped that one day I would be a mommy, but I gave up on thinking it was ever going to happen after trying for two years with my ex. When I started dating my now boyfriend and … 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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A Miracle: The birth of Victor

What a ride. A joyful and nervous feel-like roller coaster ride. It all started on July 27th. We had a plan: a planned C-section. From having two previous C-section surgeries, I thought this one would be very easy. After all, … 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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