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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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Ask the Experts: Postpartum doulas

Some friends have talked about hiring a postpartum doula, but I’m not really sure what that is or how one might help. Can you fill me in? A: Just as a birth doula stays by your side during the course … 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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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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Week 36: Window of opportunity

You guys. I’m officially in my “window,” and I’m beyond excited. What is this window I speak of? It’s basically the time in my pregnancy when it is pretty safe to birth a baby. It’s essentially the moment I am … Continue reading

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Week 32: Baby fever

A heat wave has swept the City of Atlanta this week with temperatures peaking in the very high 90s. Nobody is happy about it, but at least we have a pool in our neighborhood where I’ve been able to find … Continue reading

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Warrior mama: The birth story of Fox

So about a week before I went into labor, Jeremy showed me a photo of a sheep giving birth. This sheep was casually laying on its side with a baby sheep head just hanging out of its vag. I thought, … Continue reading

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Week 22: Why I hired a doula

In early pregnancy, I didn’t have any idea as to what type of birth I envisioned for myself. When people asked me if I would get an epidural, I said I didn’t really care either way, thinking I would just … Continue reading

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How do you doula?

Labor and delivery is a lot like free-fall parachuting: You take classes to prepare, you file a detailed plan for the (blessed) event, and then you take the leap. Still, jumping into the hurtling wind with only your significant other … Continue reading

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Pointers from the pros

Obstetricians, midwives, doulas … these men and women devote their careers to helping mothers welcome healthy babies into the world. And between professional training and ample hands-on experience, it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about labor … Continue reading

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Telling her story: The birth of Athena

On our due date, April 6th, I should have known that new hormones were at work when I spent the day in a sudden depressed state. I huffed and puffed, sure I would be pregnant forever, mad at myself for … Continue reading

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Roller coaster ride: The birth of CC

I found out I was pregnant less than a month after Tim and I were married. We both wanted a family and were thrilled that it was going to happen so quickly. We went on a walk and eagerly came … Continue reading

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Our beautiful new reality: The birth of Fiona

I had imagined and hoped I would labor and give birth to our daughter at night, and that’s exactly the way it happened. Friday night, February 11, my husband and I were just hanging out at home, watching episodes of … Continue reading

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Lessons from my baby: The birth of Luca

It all started at Scalini’s, the nearby restaurant that was famous for promising labor within two days of eating their eggplant parmesan. When I arrived I was convinced it would work, after seeing the entrance covered in pictures of babies. … Continue reading

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A pretty good start to a life: The birth of Fitz

My due date was April 29, 2011. It was a Friday. That night, my husband Rusty and I went to dinner with a bunch of friends at Scalini’s, home of the well-known labor-inducing eggplant parmigiana. We thought it would be fun … Continue reading

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