The Read Family’s Birth Story

January 14, 2016

Our second son, Jaxon Joseph, was born at home on December 3rd at 2:35 PM. He weighed 8lbs 12 oz. His due date had been December 7th. December 2nd was the start of my 22 hour, prodromal labour. I had a check and sweep on Tuesday, December 1st and was 2cm dilated. After my sweep, […]

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A Birth Story, with photos

January 13, 2016

This was my second baby and I knew exactly how I wanted to experience his birth. He was born at 36 weeks, when my water broke unexpectedly. He came out quickly and with little effort on my part. He was completely perfect and healthy. His big brother was there for the whole thing and I […]

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Unassisted Home Birth

January 12, 2016

I had a very eventful, and luckily smooth, second birth and thought I could share a little picture of it. I’ve never felt as empowered as I did in this moment. My second little love decided to come a week early and fast! We had decided to do a home birth, since our previous hospital […]

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Peregrine’s Birth Story: From Home to Hospital

January 7, 2016

An eternal 12 days after my due date, which contained both moments of patience and absolute cry-my-face-off, hormonal battiness, a complete lunar eclipse, two stretch-and-sweeps, two ultrasounds, and the looming likeliness of medical induction, it was finally starting to look like I was in labour. I had been having short, manageable contractions about 15 to […]

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Rueger’s Birth: Learning to Give Into the Power of a Woman’s Body

January 6, 2016

First of all, I’m writing this on his second birthday. His birth is rather fresh in my memory even though so much time has passed. At about six AM on New Year’s Day, 2014, I started having mild contractions five to ten minutes apart. He was due on December 31, so it was exciting to […]

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I Am Strong – I Continued to Live

October 19, 2015

I am strong because at 36 weeks, I gave birth to a baby who I knew would not be with me very long. I am strong because at my 20 week ultrasound, there were a few “little things” that looked off and a possibility for Trisomy 21. Even though I am 31 years old and […]

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I Am Strong – Overcoming Abuse and Addiction for Motherhood

September 29, 2015

I am strong because I fell pregnant with my first son at 14 from sexual abuse. After being physically abused and pushed down a flight of stairs I lost my son at 17 weeks gestation, I was torn. I went off the rails and off the grid, developing a drug addiction and experiencing the worst drop in […]

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I Am Strong – Becoming a Mom at 15

September 29, 2015

I was 15. I had just had my last day of freshman year. Summer was starting. Little did I know that night, I became a Mother. That night a little baby started growing inside of me. 17 weeks passed. I was partying still. Not having any symptoms. I was still having periods and only threw […]

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I Am Strong – Enduring 30-Plus Hours of Full Blown Labor

September 28, 2015

I am strong because when I was in labor, I was in back labor for nine hours and wasn’t progressing so I had to go home. I am strong because after laboring another 10 hours at home I went to the doctor to get checked and was in full blown labor but only dilated to 3 cm. […]

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