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Our little peanut: The birth of Lydia Simone

Peanut Watch 2013 was a very watched event! No one knew when Peanut would be coming or just what kind of peanut we would be having. Micah and I had decided not to know the sex of the baby, so everyone … Continue reading

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A speedy arrival: The birth of Abigail Rose

On September 9, 2014 at 11:20 p.m. I started having contractions five minutes apart. They were different than the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having; there was pressure in my pelvic area with each one. I waited at home … Continue reading

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10 Hollywood home births

Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home. While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased … 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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My natural birth: The birth of McKayla

I hadn’t dreamed of having a natural birth. My mother’s experience with my big brother and I involved constant painful contractions with no breaks. She taught me early that I would need an epidural and, as a redhead, I should … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Leo

Leo Robert Coghill entered this world Tuesday, February 25 at 10:09 p.m. He was 8 pounds, 21 inches long and the sweetest baby from the instant they laid him on my chest. But let’s start at the beginning … I … Continue reading

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What a rush: The birth story of Caroline

I always enjoy reading other women’s birth stories on their blogs, even more so once I knew I was expecting. Here’s the story of Caroline’s birth; it was a wild ride… I was two days shy of 36 weeks when … Continue reading

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Exciting and exhilerating: The birth story of Adrian

On Thursday, April 24, I was 38 weeks and four days pregnant. I woke up at 3 a.m. and was having contractions. I did my best to sleep through them and not wake up my hubby. Andre woke up that morning … Continue reading

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Our sweet girl: The birth story of Melinda

I planned to go visit my dear friend Dannii in the afternoon before my 37-week check-up appointment at 4 p.m. I got a call from my doctor telling me my appointment needed to be pushed to 5:30 p.m. because she … Continue reading

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A feverish week: The birth of Wayne Norman

Wayne Norman Riley was born October 28th 2013 at 12:51 am. It was a crazy whirlwind week before and after and I have barely been able to get my mind around it all. The week leading up to Wayne’s birth … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Eva Rose

January 31st, my expected due date, came and went. I was praying that something would happen that day, but it didn’t. The entire pregnancy I just knew I would deliver early, but I guess baby had another plan. My mom … Continue reading

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My girl: The birth of Catherine

Long before I got pregnant, I knew that when it came time for me to labor and deliver this hypothetical child, I would be getting an epidural. I didn’t want to have to experience the pain associated with child birth. … Continue reading

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Labor of love: The birth of Auden Isabela

As a first time mother I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from my own body during pregnancy, but surprisingly I was spared the morning sickness, heart burn, and swelling. Even in retrospect, I feel very fortunate to have had a relatively smooth … Continue reading

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A Grand Entrance: The birth of Violet

October 16, was a typical day of being nearly 40 weeks pregnant. Lily had preschool and then we hung out at home doing laundry and a little bit of cleaning. George was off from work.  He and I stayed up … Continue reading

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True love: The birth of Adelaide

I have been debating whether or not I wanted to share Adelaide’s birth story.  It’s private and intimate.  It’s a love story.  It’s a story between a husband, a wife and their perfect daughter.  It’s ours. Ultimately I decided to … 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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Au naturale: The birth of Jack Bennett

The story of our first born’s birth is one that I will never forget. We were so excited to meet this baby we had so anxiously been waiting for. We opted not to find out what gender we were having—so … Continue reading

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Lightning Fast: The birth of Olive

Scott and I had talked for a few months about starting a family. We decided we were ready, but we weren’t counting the days or timing things perfectly. If it happened, it happened … and it did happen not long … Continue reading

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Third time’s a charm: The birth of Gemma Bird

I have had three completely different birth experiences. I had Julian in the hospital two weeks early when I was twenty-one. I had an epidural after twenty hours of labor, out of fear, when I heard the lady giving birth … Continue reading

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An all-natural gift: The birth of Parker

My husband awoke at 2:45am on Monday, March 18th to the sound of my shuffling slippers. He found me in the kitchen attempting to make a midnight snack. I had been timing contractions since 2am when I finally realized I … Continue reading

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Little Dragon: The birth of Anaïs

I was given three due dates: March 5th, 7th, and 9th. By the time my 40th week arrived, I was really hoping that the first of three would be my ticket to deliver. So for the first four days, I … Continue reading

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Au naturale: The birth of Noah Kai

Pregnancy brought out my latent Northern California hippie tendencies.  I have spent my adult life attempting to free myself from a childhood that was awash in pot smoke, unshaven women and drumming circles, but it turns out that you can … Continue reading

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Namaste: The birth of Ryan

Looking back on the days leading up to Ryan’s birth, I guess I should have known something was brewing, but I had convinced myself that I was in for the long haul. Based on my weekly midwife appointments, the baby … Continue reading

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An extension of our love: The birth of Sofia

I opted for an all natural water birth. I never realized how many women define “all natural” as a vaginal birth with pain medication (i.e. epidural). For me, the term “all natural” means just that—no interventions, no drugs and no cutting. Just me, my laboring body and … Continue reading

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More real than anything I’ve ever felt: The birth of Noah

I want to document my birth story for a couple reasons. First, I don’t want to forget the experience of my birth. Second, I want others to learn from it, because I feel that it is pretty unique for an … Continue reading

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Instantly so in love: The birth of Lyla

I wanted to be a mother so badly, so when my wonderful husband, Rob, told me he was ready for us to start a family a few years earlier than I had expected, I was ecstatic! We became pregnant right away … 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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