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The Day My Baby Was Born...

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by LaNita McMeekan-Cates
 

Inspiring Stories for Moms-to-Be | Real moms share their intimate birth stories

Share in the beauty and wonder of the birth experience with this touching collection of true stories from 60 real moms, describing in their own words how their newborns came into the world. Their intimate recollections capture the remarkable range of birth experiences and

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Inspiring Stories for Moms-to-Be | Real moms share their intimate birth stories

Share in the beauty and wonder of the birth experience with this touching collection of true stories from 60 real moms, describing in their own words how their newborns came into the world. Their intimate recollections capture the remarkable range of birth experiences and remind us of the extraordinary bond that forms from this moment on.

A great shower gift or self-purchase for expectant mothers that shares the amazing childbirth experience.

Beautifully packaged to reflect the warmth, wonder, and mystery of the childbirth experience, The Day My Baby Was Born presents true stories from a wide variety of women about the different ways their child came into the world and the incredible bond this moment forms among all mothers.The Day My Baby Was Born gives moms-to-be a full sense of what to expect, through real stories from real people - the voices of friends, sisters, neighbors, and others sharing their own thoughts on the incredible moment.

Featuring these stories:

Birthing Iris: a slight deviation from the plan (Meredith Davis)
Longer second labor, drug free (Laura Hubacek)
Easy pregnancy and easy labor (Missy Bowen)
My second baby was more difficult than my first (Allison McGee)
Baby born on due date (Ally Channing)
First baby born at home (Nancy Hatcher)
The birth of my baby Carson (Brenda Allen)
Our big surprise! (Trina Hollander)
Jakson's birth story (Cristina Ramirez)
Fast labor (Sara Hankes)
Hurry up, Doc! (Harmony T)
Extremely easy first delivery (Paige Nelson)
My second birth just as wonderful as the first (Rachel R)
A different water birth than expected (Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt)
The birth of my angel Kylee Faith (Stephanie Wiseman)
Thirty-two-week preemie after bed rest (Marsha Hammond)
Too easy to be a first (Toni Williams)
C-section wasn't as bad as I expected (Vickie Freeman)
A not-so-scary birth story (Rebecca K)
Miss Ashely's arrival (Carrie Herbst)
Fast and furious first baby (Beth Johanson)
My angel Madison (Candice Pesotini)
Third time's the charm (Ann Larson)
No progress results in Cesarean (Michelle Schroeder)
My baby boy...easy birth and easy baby (Hope Lehmann)
Jade's birth story (Sara A)
Water birth was perfect (Kim Goodspeed)
Pregnancy-induced hypertension with first (Shelly Evans)
Baby Bre's story (Jennine Mustard)
Intense back labor with no epidural (Katherine Harris)
Difficult pregnancy but completely worth it (Anneli Nilsson)
First baby born at thirty-six weeks, but so easy! (Lynda Lipske)
That can't be right! (Kathy Colbern)
Twin girls and a bonus (Liz Adams)
Four weeks early and long labor (Brenda Erickson)
I did it my way but almost didn't makee it (Melissa W)
Baby girl born early (Stephanie Williamson)
Quick for a first-time mom (Ilona Pope)
Suzaan, our mircle (Martie van Biljon)
My sweet (big) baby girl (Allie McDonaldson)
Great expectations run amok (Rachel Karlsen)
Sunny-side up, baby Braxton (Autumn Fagan)
Easy as 1-2-3 (Emily O'Reilly)
The longest labor but well worth it (Cara Martin)
My drug-free birth (Sheldene Wade)
Come on, baby! (Lindsay A.E.)
Fintan's birth story (Jessica Aldridge)
Seven days late with 7 pound, 7 ounce girl (Lisa Patterson)
Speedy first labor and delivery (Robyn Cassidy)
Eyes wide open (Erika Starman)
Seven-hour labor, one week late and all natural (Darlene Fulton)
Overdue water birth at home (Kerri Connell)
Long labor but easy delivery (Bonnie Wenzel)
An unexpected delivery at home (Kris Krynicki)
I loved my fast and easy delivery with Pitocin (Allison McGreger)
Night of the full moon (Aimee Wimbush-Bourque)
Lamaze teacher gives birth (Christine Hughes)
The grand entrance of the second man in my life (Jennie C)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402216756
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Excerpt from The Day My Baby Was Born

Easy Pregnancy and Easy Labor
Missy

My entire pregnancy was perfect, with no morning sickness or anything. Except for the round tummy and the twenty trips to the bathroom every hour, nobody would have known I was pregnant (unless they noticed all the Mexican food I ate every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.).

At my 38th-week checkup, my doctor told me I was a little more than 4 centimeters dilated and could have the baby any day. I was surprised because I wasn't having any contractions.

On my due date, December 2, I started having contractions whileChristmas shopping with my sister-in-law Amber. At first I thought the baby was just moving, but every ten minutes, I felt like someone was blowing up a balloon in my stomach, letting it get bigger, and then allowing it to deflate. We went home, and I started pacing. I knew it was too soon to call the doctor, and I didn't want to call my husband, Nathan, yet either. Amber kept timing me and walking with me every time I went into a different room. She was like a little puppy, timing me with her watch—she was so excited that she was with me. She and her husband were trying to start a family, and I think she was taking notes.

My contractions were getting fairly strong, and around 3:00 p.m., my water broke. I knew then that I should go to the hospital. Amber drove me while I called Nathan from the car. I was having really bad contractions by then, so Amber had to talk to him. She then called my mom, her mom, and her husband.

Amber was driving like a total nut. She was driving way too crazily while using her cell phone. I didn't say anything, though, because the pain was so bad that I wanted to get to the hospital quickly. When we got there, I was in so much pain that I couldn't even walk. Amber dropped me off inside the emergency room door and went to park the car. A nurse came over with a wheelchair and helped me sit down. On our way to the elevator, Nathan and Amber both came running in. Nathan had seen Amber parking the car and ran over thinking I was still in it.

I thought for sure I was going to have the baby while sitting in the wheelchair in the elevator, but thank God, we made it to a room. When the doctor on call checked me, I was already at 10 centimeters. After just ten minutes of pushing, our perfect baby boy was born at 3:32 p.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long.

Nathan was so proud. We had decided to name the baby after him if it was a boy. My husband was the first to hold our baby Nathan after they cleaned him up and did all the stuff they do. My husband told me how proud he was of me. I couldn't believe that labor and delivery had happened so fast—and with no pain medication. I hope that when I'm pregnant again, it happens exactly the same way.

Meet the Author

With two children of her own, LaNita McMeekan-Cates felt the need to share stories from women of all walks of life and geographic areas about their experiences of childbirth. LaNita owned her own marketing, advertising, and public relations company before becoming a top-producing RE/MAX Realtor. She lives in Illinois, with her husband, son, and daughter. This is her first book.

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Day My Baby Was Born... 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SamiAndreson More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book and absolutely loved it. The stories are funny and reminds me of when I delivered my first son. I'm due in 3 months with another boy and reading this book made me excited about all of this again as my time approaches. A great read!
chrissy9934 More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book so much. The stories are funny and well written from moms. It makes me less scared for my big day approaching in 3 months! Very good book!
Connie14 More than 1 year ago
I got this book last week and read it in 2 days because it was so fun reading each mom's birth experience. I'm expecting my son next month and I actually feel better about everything because I feel more prepared about all of it. My husband is now reading it and he thinks it's funny. A great book to read!
Neece364 More than 1 year ago
The day my baby was born was delivered to me yesterday and I'm half way thru it. It is really cute and the moms that wrote these stories did a great job. I'm expecting my daughter May 9 and this book made me feel a whole lot better about what I'm about to go thru. Of course I know it could be nothing like any of the stories, or if I'm lucky, it will be like the easy ones!
MarshaLee More than 1 year ago
I love reading true stories so this was a fun book. You don't have to have murdered someone to read a murder mystery and you don't have to have been in the military to read a war book. So, you really don't have to be currently pregnant to read this book. My kids are all toddlers and reading this book made me remember my special days. This is a great book!
DebP More than 1 year ago
I'm pregnant with my second baby and my sister gave me this book. It is really good and fun to hear about other women and their birth experience. I'm going to get one for my mom for mother's day because it's just a fun book to read for any mom!
joanMiller More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun book to read and I would recommend it to anyone pregnant for the first time or the fifth. My husband is now reading it and its funny to hear him laugh at something. I waddle over and ask him what part he is laughing at. This is a great book and I appreciate all the moms that shared their story.
Trisha64 More than 1 year ago
Just got my book LaNita and I'm half way thru it! Great book and I'm so proud of you and all the women that included their awesome stories! I would have bought a copy regardless:) but since I am pregnant it makes it more fun! I hope my birth story will be the easy, painless and fast one!
CathyMathisen More than 1 year ago
The Day My Baby Was Born is a great book. It is very funny and each story made me smile. I honestly can't pick a favorite because each one is really special. All the moms should be commended for their story and for sharing!
CHrissyLove More than 1 year ago
My mom ordered this book for me and I got it last week and have to say that I love reading the stories. The moms that wrote the stories are great and I think each of their stories are awesome. I'm definitely going to buy a few books for some girlfriends that are pregnant.
Natty33 More than 1 year ago
Got my book a few days ago and haven't put it down. It is so much fun and the stories are awesome and funny and it is just a great read! Thanks moms for sharing!
JennyT More than 1 year ago
I got my book yesterday and love it. It is so much fun to read what other moms have went thru in the delivery room and at home. I for one am not that brave to have my baby at home but its fun to read about the moms that did. This is a great book for a pregnant mom!
AmyZolia More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK! I enjoyed reading it so much that I just bought 2 more for friends that are pregnant. It is so much fun reading about women having their babies and what they were thinking and feeling with their experience. This is a must read for any pregnant woman!