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42 Weeks: A Birth Story

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42 Weeks: A Birth Story

Today, in honor of my birthday, we're excited to share the first of many birth stories that tell us the history of childbirth. Like many first-time mothers, I suspect, I felt as if had been waiting my whole life to have that baby. I was ecstatic. The entire extended family was, really...Nothing seemed to be "wrong" mind you, just that, well, it would be 42 weeks... 

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My #WCW: The Reason I'm A Doula

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My #WCW: The Reason I'm A Doula

Now, it’s necessary, here, to point out that being a Trendsetter™ is not the same as being trendy. I don’t regularly post on Instagram. I don’t use Snapchat. Heck, I don’t even own a Fedora. But today, I’m happy to use any trendy excuse I can to share about a woman I admire, my mom… my #wcw.

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This Great Work: A Birth Story

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This Great Work: A Birth Story

We brought zam zam water, a holy water of sorts, and Khayyam gave me sips of it when I was able. We also brought dates, an homage to the laboring Mariam (Mary), may god be pleased with her--as her labor story in our holy book mentions her at a palm date tree and that they gave her energy for the great work. I tried to mutter prayers, as it is said in our faith that the prayer of a laboring woman is guaranteed God’s ear so to speak.

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Independence Day: A Birth Story

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Independence Day: A Birth Story

What I perceive as Braxton-Hicks contractions are more frequent, lasting longer, and the strongest they’ve ever been. I think I knew, subconsciously, that it was right around the corner.

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