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Anxiety and the Gender Politics of the Unborn – or – Why We Didn’t Find Out

One of the big choices we faced was whether or not to find out whether the baby appeared to have male or female sex characteristics during our 20-week ultrasound.   This, of course, is not the way people usually frame this … Continue reading

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The Hospital Tour

“CHILDBIRTH IS NOT AN ILLNESS BUT A NORMAL HUMAN PROCESS.” This was the simple sentence I heard for the first time during a presentation at Illinois Masonic when Brooke and I went for a tour a few weeks later.  A attractive … Continue reading

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Our First Midwife Visit

Our first appointment was in a tiny room on the third floor of an annex to the Illinois Masonic hospital, just a few steps away from the northernmost exit of the Brown Line’s Wellington stop (since this is where Sam … Continue reading

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The Birth of Our Child – Introduction

Susan Sontag once wrote “strictly speaking, one learns nothing from a photograph.”  This is the picture taken just a few hours after the birth of our child, deceptive in its immediacy and seeming transparency.  I want to tell the story … Continue reading

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