Surprise! Unassisted Home Birth? No problem!

Most new moms hear of parents being turned away from the hospital because they aren't in active labor and we've all heard stories of 36 and 48-hour labors…It felt like I was being turned inside out with each one but there were also much milder contractions every once in a while that made me doubt that I was really laboring yet.

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Dear Body

How can I describe the thoughts that flooded me while you rippled and pulsed and clenched and stretched? A mix of complete disillusionment and wonder and calm. From me, the roars, the groans, the moans, the cries. Not from pain but from a release of everything suppressed before.

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The Story of My Birth

It was the last thing my young parents expected when they had gone to see “The Graduate” that Saturday night. The opening credits were barely over when my mom whispered to my dad she was in labor. He asked if they had time to get their money back.

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Nothing As Expected

It was the most vivid dream I had all pregnancy. It was so vivid I swore I was having a contraction. I got up to pee, washed my hands and jumped back into bed. Then, it hit me again, an all-over tightness. My dream wasn’t a dream at all, it was time!

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Dear Katherine

I remember both Dad and the doctor had their arms crossed, standing up against the wall talking and watching me. Then all of a sudden, the doctor told me to stop pushing. She could see your head crowning.

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The Birthday Story

Whenever my mother would get ready to tell me the story, she would get this sort of dreamy look on her face, as if she were affirming the memory, checking it for accuracy, making sure the details were in place and everything was ready to go.

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