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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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High risk, high reward: The birth of Jade

This was many months ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I went into the OB/GYN office on October 19, as scheduled to do a final check and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. My due date was the … Continue reading

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A gift from above: The birth of Sebastian

Those close to us know about the complications that led me to five months of bedrest (six of those weeks were in a hospital), an unexpected delivery at 32 weeks, and an additional five weeks in the NICU for our … Continue reading

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Love at first sight: The birth of Ellie

The birth story of our beautiful daughter is a bit of a saga, but I want to write it all down (not that I will ever forget) because I want to remember all of the small details. Saturday, August 1, I woke … Continue reading

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No time to waste: The birth of Brixton

My first real contraction came at 1 a.m. At least the first one that I felt. I woke up to that deep almost period-like pain in my abdomen, and I was almost positive that it was going to be the day. My husband … Continue reading

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Sweet relief: The birth of Leah

On Friday, September 12, I woke up not feeling well. I was just over a week away from my due date, and—this being my first baby—I was sure I had at least another week to go. But I had no idea … Continue reading

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Slow to start: The birth of Cora

I was three days past due with my daughter and extremely uncomfortable to say the least. I was trying to avoid any medical intervention and just let nature take its course, but with this being my first child—and with spiking blood … Continue reading

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Answered prayers: The birth of Francis

I prayed every night of this pregnancy while putting my sweet son, Buddy, to bed. After voicing lots of hopeful feelings—for comfort and rest for him, for protection and a bright future—we would pray for the baby in my belly.  … Continue reading

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Closer together: The birth of Bellamy

I think I can sum up my first birth experience by quoting my husband: “I am reduced to tears over the birth of my daughter, Bellamy.” We experienced tears of joy, tears of pain, of fear and relief. Every moment … Continue reading

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Worth the wait: The birth of Saanvi

After five years of marriage came the moment I knew I was pregnant. There was happiness, but also tension because it was happening after two miscarriages. During every checkup I was worried, but after hearing the heartbeat of my child, I felt relieved. Every visit my husband accompanied … Continue reading

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Push back: The birth of Destiny

Working up to my delivery date, I asked as many women as I could about their labor and birth experiences. I wanted to be prepared for all possible outcomes—from an emergency C-section to a drop of the baby’s heart rate … Continue reading

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April Fools’ baby: The birth of Nathan

On the night of March 31, my jokester of a husband devised a plan. His oldest brother was out of town, and Dave thought it would be a hilarious April Fools’ Day joke to tell him our baby was born … Continue reading

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Right on schedule: The birth of Jethro

My husband and were actually a little stressed about when our son would arrive. We have a 4-year-old daughter, and we don’t live near family. My mom is who we chose to watch her, but she lives three hours away in … Continue reading

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Growing pains: The birth of Annelise

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy—just your run-of-the-mill horrible hip pain at night, occasional leg cramps, nonstop eating and general misery. My first baby is 8 months old now. She is precious, but that last trimester of pregnancy is rough! The weeks … Continue reading

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Double the love: The birth of Deacon

We found out we were pregnant with baby No. 2 a couple of weeks after our first child’s first birthday, which was also four days before we departed for our family vacation to Hawaii. From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I … Continue reading

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Laughing matter: The birth of Anani Pearl

Saturday morning, June 1, I woke up with this crazy urge to pee. I got up, or rather rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom. (I was in my 38th week of pregnancy.) Everything went normally, so I headed back … Continue reading

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Peace and quiet: The birth of Sophia Shehabi

While waiting to pick up my prescription glasses, I felt a hint of a backache—my first during the entire pregnancy. At that point I was at 38 weeks. Early the next morning, at 4 a.m., I felt a trickle of … Continue reading

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Fashionably late: The birth of Felicity Lenore

This was my third baby—and our first girl! My due date was January 29, but at the beginning of my pregnancy I hoped she would wait until the beginning of February because my family has a lot of January birthdays already. … Continue reading

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Double the fun: The birth of Aubree and Riley

This was my first pregnancy, and I was blessed to be having twin girls. I was at 30 weeks and was getting all the last details done. On February 11 I hadn’t been feeling well at all that day, and as … Continue reading

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My baby mine: The birth of Joy

It was our first wedding anniversary, and we had planned to stay at the Westin in Seattle. It was about a 90-minute drive from home. I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, but I had heard that first-time moms often go past … Continue reading

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Any day now: The birth of Aarya

On Diwali, November 11, 2015, an auspicious day for all Indians, I was so excited for my childhood friend on the birth of her little girl and looking forward to celebrating with my family for the holiday. Little did I … Continue reading

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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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