The Birth of Robinson Blake Sylvester: Part II

December 2, 2016

Kara shares with us the powerful story of her son’s birth. Read Part I here.  At around 7:15 a.m., I decided it was time to get in the birth tub. I ripped off my skirt and hopped in. The water was so warm. I felt my tense legs relax a bit. I had another contraction, and […]

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The Birth of Robinson Blake Sylvester: Part I

December 2, 2016

Kara shares with us the powerful story of her son’s birth. In October 2015, we found out we were expecting our fourth little miracle. It was a definite surprise to us, coming sooner than we had planned. There was no trying, or medications, or hoping month after month like the last time. It was definitely not […]

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VBAC Birth Story

December 1, 2016

Here’s some background about my first labor/birth that ended in a Caesarean: I planned to deliver at the local birth center. At 41 weeks and 5 days we started induction, with a foley only. I dilated to 8cm before labor stalled. We transferred to the hospital with plans of doing a Pitocin induction, but that […]

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Full-Term Breastfeeding

December 1, 2016

I want to share a picture with you all. This was taken on August 19th, 2015 – the day Jack turned 5…the 5th anniversary of our breastfeeding journey. When he was born, I had educated myself a lot about breastfeeding and knew that I was going to do it—I was going to succeed—it was the […]

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Elena and Tobias Come Home: A Twin Birth Story

November 30, 2016

Jennifer McLennan shares with us the beautiful story of her twins’ birth in 2015.  As I sit down to finally write into words the story of my twins’ birth, I am watching them sleep in their bed from my desk. They are about to turn one. They are strong and healthy and not a day […]

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Caroline’s Birth Story

November 30, 2016

Jesse got home from work at around 5:15 p.m. I was feeling incredibly tired, so I asked if I could go lie down. He agreed to feed and get the girls to bed. I fell asleep at around 6 o’clock. I woke up at 10:30 feeling much better, and joined him in the living room. At about 10:45, I felt […]

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All’s Well That Ends Well: A Surprise Breech Birth

November 9, 2016

After a smooth and complication-free pregnancy, I expected my birth to be no different. I had chosen a free-standing birth center and a team of midwives for my care providers, took Bradley Method classes, and felt ready to have a pretty run of the mill, unmedicated, intervention-free birth. Little did we know what was in […]

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Whole and Both in the Same World

October 27, 2016

Mavis was born on a Sunday. It was her due date, so naturally, we weren’t expecting her to arrive that day. On Saturday, I cleaned all day. I went and bought a new book, expecting to go overdue. I made a beautiful home cooked meal and I snuggled my oldest at nap time. I think […]

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4 Practical Tips for Capturing the Essence of Your Birth Story

October 25, 2016

Giving birth in a few week’s time? You must be excited to see your little bundle of joy. Why not make the most out of your birthing experience by documenting it? You can preserve the best memories of your birth story with a photo book or a photo collage printed on photo paper, metal, canvas, […]

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