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The Day I Grew Up

The Day I Grew Up

When I called my mother and asked her to come to stay while I spent a night in the hospital, she said: “I am sorry, I can’t.” What? I thought I must have misheard her. It happened this way; When I was 20 and a new bride and an extremely new mother, I had a small medical issue. My doctor said he could fix it, but it would require one night in the hospital. We lived in Charlottesville, VA, in…

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The Case for Home Birth

The Case for Home Birth

A home birth is the best place for a calm birth. In one?s own home that sense of being in a foreign place is simply not a problem.? After all, this is ?home?.? In a hospital there are different smells, different sounds, and a large number of strangers all intent on their own agenda, not putting the pregnant woman first.? There are noises and loudspeakers and pinging machines and germs in the air and on every single surface. Those in…

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