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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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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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Week 29: “Natural” childbirth

Considering an epidural? Have to go the C-section route? Induction being scheduled? Are you hesitant because the rumor mill says none of those count because it’s not “natural” childbirth? Well, the only way your baby isn’t coming naturally is if … 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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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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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 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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A cut above

For the nine or so months between positive pregnancy test and due date, expectant moms have a lot of time to think and prepare. By the time delivery rolls around, many moms have their birth plan scripted down to the … Continue reading

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Instant love: The birth of Camden

I went into preterm labor at 32 weeks and had been on bed rest for almost 6 weeks. Toward the end, I was so tired of being stuck at home that I was ready to try anything to get the … Continue reading

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Sweet relief: the birth of Luke Rosario

Since trying to conceive, I read every book, magazine, and blog to prepare myself for being happy pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. I exercised and ate clean, all while closely monitoring my Lupus to ensure my baby had the … Continue reading

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Expecting the unexpected: The birth of Carver

After many years believing it would be really hard to conceive a child due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), my boyfriend, Guy and I had a surprise on a little stick confirming that I was in fact pregnant. I decided … 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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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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Going VBAC

Prior C-section mamas, listen up: We’ve rounded up answers to the most commonly asked questions about VBACs. (What’s a VBAC you ask? As it turns out, that’s the first thing we answer—keep reading!) What is a VBAC? VBAC stands for … Continue reading

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Bless his little heart: The birth of Asher

Monday, October 1, we called the hospital and they told us to come in at 7:15 p.m. for our scheduled medical inducement. You were originally due on September 24, but there was no sign of you coming! We were anxious … Continue reading

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The labor of delivery

“She didn’t do drugs in college,” my sister informed my parents. The voice inside my head that says things like Don’t eat that whole bag of Reese’s Pieces and That outfit makes your butt look big or You really shouldn’t make toast … Continue reading

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Special delivery

Nine months of waiting requires patience enough for most moms-to-be, but mamas who have caesarean births need to save up just a little more emotional fortitude for the impending recovery period. Whether your C-section is scheduled in advance or ends … Continue reading

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The hospital against C-sections

The following is a final, focused reflection on our delivery experience. It contains a great deal of mockery and sarcasm. Enjoy. Our hospital hated C-sections. While they certainly would perform the procedure, they made it clear that they wished to … Continue reading

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My elective C-section: The birth of Summer

I received the March 2013 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn in the mail last month and was all too happy to flip it open to the “Welcome to the world” birth stories. As a first-time mom to a beautiful 16-week … Continue reading

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Footling breech

It’s a Wednesday and we’re sitting patiently waiting to be called for our 36-week ultrasound. We’re so close to the end, and I’m a little tense. Chad has a show that he has to perform on Roosevelt Island later that … Continue reading

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What to expect when you’re no longer expecting

You did it! You waited nine long months to see your baby, and she’s finally here in your arms. Not only do you have an exciting future to look forward to, you also have a great war story to share … Continue reading

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