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Belly Art

Watch our midwife draw the baby on April’s belly for our son Teo…

Delivery Room

This post is part of a series telling Teo’s birth story. Click here to start at the beginning. I went downstairs to check April into the hospital, and when I got back to the delivery room, I found the doctor and the midwives chatting on the couches in the small waiting room outside. I felt […]

Alleke’s Birth Story (Part II of II)

This post is the second one in a set of two. To read Alleke’s birth story from the beginning, click here. The next thing I knew another nurse came and loaded up my bed for transfer. We rolled down the hallway, and he tried to make small talk with us as I moaned and made […]

Alleke’s Birth Story (Part I of II)

Today is Alleke’s first birthday, and as promised, we have a guest contributor here to help us celebrate. April (Alleke’s mom) is going to tell Alleke’s birth story. As a writer, I love a good story, and I couldn’t think of a better gift for my little girl than her mom telling the story of […]


Basil Photo by Paweł Kabański. Sometimes just taking the time to be thankful for what we have is like smelling a basil plant – so fresh, so green smelling, so good for us. As we come to the end of our pregnancy, here are a few things I’m thankful for… Health insurance – which doesn’t […]

Prenatal Classes

This week April and I started our prenatal classes. Everything began well with a cheerful hello from our midwife and some encouragement to find a spot on one of the comfy blue mats lying on the floor, take off our shoes, and find a relaxing position. We began our exercises by scrunching up our toes, […]


I’m not sure where I got these assumptions from, but growing up the U.S., I thought someone would hire a midwife for one of three reasons: 1. You’ve decided to have the baby at home, in which case a midwife will be delivering the baby. 2. You’re wealthy enough that you want to hire an […]

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