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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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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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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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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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Welcome home

You don’t have to be a granola-loving, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing mom-to-be to consider a home birth. (Although with the sole-comforting sandals back in style, many of us might be a step closer to supporting the stereotype.) The truth is, you just … 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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Movin’ and shakin’

Fall in Atlanta has got to be one of my favorite seasons. With the leaves changing and the temperatures dipping, we spend more time outdoors and even leave our windows open during the day. I think the fall season also … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Tanya!

Our Knocked Up blogger Tanya recently welcomed a new little family member. Click here to read the story of her home birth.

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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 37: True or false

This week has been pretty eventful and pretty exciting. My nesting instinct is stronger than it’s ever been, and it feels like I’m really checking stuff off our to-do list. Jesse even put together Anaïs’s loft bed in her room … Continue reading

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Homeward bound: The birth of Cheyton Texas

It’s surreal to think this day even happened; it feels like a dream that happened in my heart. How do I even begin to write the majesty of the day our son came earth side, the day I became a … 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 27: Home delivery

You guys, we blinked, and before we knew it, the third trimester had arrived! I can still hardly believe it. Yesterday, I had a prenatal appointment with our midwife Brenda, and everything looks great. It’s always such a joy seeing … Continue reading

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A head start: The birth of George

After getting used to waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, waking up this night was no surprise. I was beginning the last week of my pregnancy and was peeing at least every 30 minutes. However, this … 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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That escalated quickly

If anyone out there needs a midwife, give me a call. It turns out that I’m actually pretty good at midwifery. I had the immense pleasure of delivering my 5th child this past week. How did I do that, you may … 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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So blessed: The birth of Maeve Elise

One Friday night in October, I went to bed early feeling exhausted from not sleeping well the prior night. Perhaps my body knew what was ahead and that I would need my rest. I just finished a session of my … Continue reading

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Dine and dash: The birth of Alexandra

If you want to kick-start your labor, I highly recommend going to Costco. You can walk your way to a baby and load up on enough toilet paper to last at least six months. Now I know what you must … 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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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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