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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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Lighting 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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