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Birth of the Womb Raiders: Words and Video.

Sometimes in life you are blessed with things you don’t ask for and never thought you would want. I distinctly remember telling my mother that discovering I was pregnant with twins would be one of my worst nightmares. Two babies at once, no freaking way I would want that to happen! And of course about a week after that I discovered I was pregnant with twins. I spent weeks, yes weeks, crying in horror. Not because I didn’t already love both...

The Story of How Henry Arrived. 3

The Story of How Henry Arrived.

People keep asking me about the story of Henry’s birth. All I can tell you is that it was nothing like Ada’s birth. Henry was like a freight train barreling through my body on his way to entering the world. It hurt.  A lot.  There was so much sheer power and force.  It was unreal. I’m not sure I’ve processed the whole experience just yet. Henry was four or five days overdue, depending on which due date you chose to go...

In a flash– 9

In a flash–

Her fate seizes her and brings her down. She is heavy with it. It wrings her. The great weight is heaved out of her. It eases. She moves into what she has become, sure in her fate now as a fish free in the current. She turns to the calf who has broken out of the womb’s water and its veil. He breathes. She licks his wet hair. He gathers his legs under him and rises. He stands, and his legs...

This time last year… 0

This time last year…

This time last year I was 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. At 10 pm I went to the bathroom.  When I checked my cervix it was about 4 cm dilated, but I wasn’t in labor yet.  I’d just had on and off prodromal labor for the past few days.  I didn’t want to have a 4/20 baby! When I reached inside of my cervix to check for effacement I could fit my finger in to the first joint before I reached the sack of waters...

Baby Ada’s Birth Day. 12

Baby Ada’s Birth Day.

I feel as if I am completely in awe. Did any of this actually happen? It’s all so unbelievable, the entire pregnancy I’ve felt a since of disbelief. After my miscarriage I was afraid to trust that I could have a real live baby. I didn’t want my heart broken again. Even after three healthy ultrasounds I still couldn’t wrap my mind around the image of a healthy baby. Once you realize that it can all change in an instant, it’s...