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Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them Features / Mothers' Stories

Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine....

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Sebastián Puenzo Mothers' Stories

Anon, UK Photo: Sebastián Puenzo I am—I think the word my midwife settled on is “awkward.” I come from a family in which traditionally we didn’t talk about stuff. I have used various dodgy ways to deal with life, including food and drugs, which led to eating disorders and heroin addiction. I am nearly five years clean now, but still struggle with trust and communication...

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Nipple Shields: Friend and Foe Mothers' Stories

Katrina Soper, Newport, Gwent, UK Photo: Suzie Blake   How strange it was that a little piece of silicone could be both my best friend and the one thing I detested about our breastfeeding relationship I am really enjoying breastfeeding my gorgeous daughter. Even after her arrival by emergency cesarean section, breastfeeding was easy, natural, and a relief following the stressful day of her arrival. When...

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A Labor of Love (Two Births) Mothers' Stories

Amy Denton, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, UK   Isaac’s birth was traumatic. My labor started when I got up to pee at 3 am with my water breaking. Contractions became gradually more intense until 8 am, when they stopped altogether. On reaching hospital I was a couple of centimeters dilated and meconium was detected. A drip, which took a number of attempts to place, artificially began my contractions. So...

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Induced Birth Mothers' Stories

Becci Barker, East Morton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: At First Sight Two different experiences of induced birth  When I fell pregnant with my second child I was overjoyed, but at the back of my mind lurked the worry that I might have to endure another long and traumatic labor. During my first pregnancy, I booked a home birth and practiced natal hypnotherapy, but I ended up...

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Amber Jones Mothers' Stories

Riva Soucie, Raleigh, NC, USA Photos: Amber Jones   “What kind of birth experience do you hope for?” A sweet, soft-spoken doula was sitting in my living room, probably expecting an answer filled with the highest of hopes and lofty expectations. “Truthfully,” I admitted, “I don’t have a set vision for how things will go. I’m open to whatever may come.” When my water broke the evening...

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Joshua Raven Mothers' Stories

María Carrasquilla Ospina, Mexico (translated by Angélica Torres & Soledad Etchemendy) Image: Joshua Raven My story of birth and breastfeeding after breast cancer Becoming pregnant at 44 years old after having breast cancer was the most beautiful thing that could have happened to me. Seeing a cell of life developing within my body after having seen abnormal cancer cells restored my faith in many ways. It was then,...

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Evolution of a Breastfeeding Mother Mothers' Stories

Diana West, BA, IBCLC, Long Valley, New Jersey, USA  Français Mothering after breast reduction surgery When I became pregnant for the first time, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to breastfeed. I’d had breast reduction surgery and my surgeon had said it wasn’t possible. At the time of my surgery when I was 25 years old, there was no...

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