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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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A change of plans: The birth of Brooks

I woke up on Saturday, March 10th, at 6 a.m. with a different kind of contraction than I had been experiencing. This was a pain in my lower back that took my breath away every ten minutes. There was no … 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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Father’s Day present: The birth of Landon Christopher

It was a Friday and I had just finished work. I was due in a week so I was excited to now have this time to rest, relax, get some last minute stuff for the nursery, and spend my last … Continue reading

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Little Prince: the birth of Noah

It was a chilly Sunday morning and the time change had just sent us falling back an hour. Noah was snug as a bug in my belly and two days past his due date. I was awoken by a tinge … Continue reading

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Change of plans: The birth of Ariana

This story begins with our family of two adults, a dog and soon-to-be daughter making the move to California from Illinois. I was due August 27, 2013. Our house went under contract on the 4th of July with the closing … Continue reading

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A cherubic boy: The birth of Silas

I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant when I went into the hospital to be induced. I did not want to be induced, and when I thought about the birth of my baby, induction was never in the picture. … Continue reading

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Just our family of three: The birth of Olive Kate

Dear Olive Kate, I can’t believe that it’s already been 8 weeks since you were born.  We are so lucky to be your parents; what did we do before you joined our family? Here is your birth story: We had an … Continue reading

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Better than breakfast: The birth of Emmeline

At 41 weeks pregnant, I was setting small goals. Goals like: Get off the couch and pour a glass of water Stay up past 10 p.m. Blow-dry hair. That last one is of course a joke—I stopped blow-drying my hair … 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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Standing as a family for the first time: The birth of Mason

My “labor story” started out with what I thought was the stomach flu.  I couldn’t imagine being in labor even though I was two days past my due date, even though I had read so much about it, EVEN though … 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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