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Convictions: The birth of Navy

"Somewhere between that lovely glucose test and my Tdap vaccine, I decided to look into natural birth plans ... and I switched practices at 37 weeks pregnant!"

Big break: The birth of Elliott

"At 1:30 p.m. we got good news and bad news: I was 8 centimeters dilated, but the baby was sunny side up. The doctor had me change positions again to try to get the baby to flip. I kept moving into different positions, but our baby stubbornly refused to turn over."

Sudden rush: The birth of Faye

"Around 4:30 a.m. I all of a sudden felt the urge to push. I told John to get the nurse, and sure enough, I was a 9. They started rushing in the equipment to set up for delivery. I would be pushing very soon!"

A matter of time: The birth of Arlo

"As contractions intensified, they were so frequent that they were practically one on top of another. I hardly had time to catch my breath before the next one would overtake my body. This ended up being worse, in my opinion, than any amount of pain I was feeling."

Call it destiny: The birth of Julian

"Even though we knew we would be meeting him soon, it was still the surprise of a lifetime and mommy got everything she could have dreamed of and more."



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