• a birth story for Christmas

    The woman prepared quickly and quietly in the grassy corner with the goat and four chickens on the dirt floor. She closed her eyes and opened her mouth. She and the man had walked for days. A room? A bed? A blanket? But…

  • the labor that kept on stopping–my third birth

    It is often said that a woman’s first labor is long, her second labor is easy, and her third labor is unpredictable. Whoever said this must’ve been at my births because it mirrors my experience. At 34 weeks gestation, I had 2-3 contractions…

  • my second birth; a lot quicker than my first

    February 9, 2001 I’m 38 weeks pregnant. It’s about 8 P.M. and I’m watching TV. I’m tired, but going to bed doesn’t seem right so I bounce on my birth ball for a couple hours while playing Solitaire on the computer. I’m feeling…

  • pregnancy diary

    diary of a primipara, a birth story

    April 4, 1999 One week to go until the official due date. The countdown began, or should I say that it continued. It’s Easter Sunday and I had much to celebrate with the little one moving inside me. I was tired and hot…