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Little Leila Jane

On March 30th (her due date), at 10:27am, a wonderful, sweet little girl named Leila entered the world and joined our family. She weighed 7.13 pounds and measured 20 inches long. Her big brothers, Noah and Jacob, were excited to meet her, as was her big sister Emily. My mother and father (her Oma and…
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Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, America’s Leading Midwife, has a new book out this month titled Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. And I am in tears from just finishing it. I am sure many of my reader’s are familiar with Ina May and her life’s work of not only providing phenomal midwifery services to women at The…
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Choosing the right Hospital for YOU.

My second birth experience was a homebirth and I wouldn’t change a thing. But I also had a hospital delivery in what I believe to be a wonderful hospital. At the time I was looking for OB GYN’s (I never considered a midwife, it was so far off my radar you wouldn’t believe it.  I…
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PHEWIE!!!!!!

There are days that change your life and moments that will remain in your memory forever. Wednesday was one of those.
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Baby Bird is Here!

Sorry for not posting in a while, but as you might have suspected, my little miss has arrived 🙂 Avelina Synnove 7lbs. 3oz. 19.5 inches Born at 9:11pm on August 30th Her name was a combined effort by my hubby and I. I came up with her first name, which was my father’s grandmother’s name….
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Review: The Business of Being Born documentary

At the start of my pregnancy, I wasn’t sure what kind of birth plan I wanted. I don’t really think I knew I had options until I started telling people I was preggo. Everyone seems to enjoy telling you about their birth stories or knowledge about pregnancy. In some ways that is a positive thing because your…
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Shared Joy is Doubled

I have to wonder – is it completely wrong or completely right to choke up with tears multiple times during the day after someone else’s baby is born? I woke up to an email from my best friend Nat announcing that her second child had been born. I’ve cried both times I received word of…
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All Hail the Birthday Boy!

Late at night June 14, 2004 I was restless. I was also 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant with my oldest child, Zach. It was so so so hot and humid, and even though I hate baths I would have given anything to have one. Instead I settled for a shower, staying in until the…
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Twas The Night Before Motherhood

It’s 11:40 pm and I am sitting here remembering as many details as possible about the birth of my son The Dictator, our Jacob. At this point in my emergency induction I was about 2-3 centimeters dilated and with the pitocin roaring I had opted for an epidural that quickly failed.  I remember my mom,…
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Swelling

It doesn’t seem possible that a heart could hold so much love until you give birth and you experience its amazing capacity to stretch and fill and grow. Similarly, it doesn’t seem possible that a body can hold so much fluid until you give birth and you see your ankles’ amazing capacity to resemble fat summer sausages. My heart and…
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