February 1, 2016

It was the early morning of July 26th. Brian was due home from a 7 month deployment the following afternoon at 4pm. I’d been talking to the baby for weeks, asking him to stay put until Brian made it home. I was now 5 days overdue and amazed I had made it so far and was now so close to Brian being able to be here for the birth. Originally he was scheduled home the beginning of July, but they got extended 3 weeks which coincided...

November 6, 2015

I imagine midwives get asked all kinds of crazy questions, but I can clearly remember my midwife’s face when I asked her if she knew any way to stall and lengthen labor. To be fair, part of my reasoning was that my husband was returning from a seven and a half month deployment within days of my due date, and I really didn’t want him to miss the birth. But the other part was that I was on a quest for the perfect birth. You know...

May 12, 2015

Meredith was my first baby, born in a small town hospital in a rural California town. My husband and I had taken a 12 week childbirth education class, which helped us plan for and feel comfortable with our choice to have a natural birth. We went in feeling prepared and able to make educated decisions. When everyone around me was being a naysayer, our instructor and classmates kept my outlook positive. I've always said I couldn...

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