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On Having a VBAC

On Having a VBAC

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday. Like most moms, I spent the day scrolling through pictures on my phone and tried to hold back tears as I recounted that special day a year prior. Her birth was very different from her older brother’s; he was born via a planned cesarean […]

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My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

I know I’m supposed to tell you my med-free birth was a beautiful, inspiring experience. That this is what I wanted when I walked through those hospital doors and that my baby and I are so much better for it. The truth? It was raw, humbling, messy and painful. I yelled passionately for anyone who […]

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the beauty in surviving

The Beauty in Surviving

Do you know what continues to surprise me—shock me at times, even—about motherhood? How much of my time is spent just making it. Simply navigating life from one end of the day to another. I have a baby and a two year-old, so I guess some degree of survival is expected. But I also remember […]

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Why I Hired a Doula

Choosing a doula was the first thing I did, as we prepared to move from the UK to the US at 8 months pregnant. A deliberate choice in my quest for the perfect birth story. What happened is, in hindsight, predictable – an imperfect birth story where the protagonist gets what she needed but not […]

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We Hired a Sibling Doula

We Hired a Sibling Doula

I’ve had three babies. All of my extended family lives out-of-state, all over the country. When I went into labor with the first, I didn’t have to worry about childcare for any other children. The second time, I had to think about arrangements for a spur of the moment call for help, or to fly […]

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My Last Trimester: A Bittersweet Goodbye

Well, here we are. Nearing the end of the last trimester, EVER. (Quick, find wood to knock on.) A close in a huge chapter of our lives that will have me cleaning out my bathroom cabinets and boxing up the maternity clothes. Gone will be the ovulation strips, pregnancy tests, bottles of folic acid, iron supplements […]

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