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Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

+J.M.J.+ There isn't a concrete definition of a natural mother. This is something I talked about in this post here when I was worrying about being good enough for the title of this blog. To some people I'm super natural and to others I miss the mark. But if we look at the actual definition… Continue reading Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

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“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

+J.M.J.+ I've read more books on birth than any other topic other than Catholicism, probably having gone through at least twenty volumes on it so far, not including countless of birth stories I've read online. Truly, there is something about the miracle of pregnancy and birth that never gets old for me. When I saw… Continue reading “Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

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New Parents: Research What Matters

+J.M.J.+ This week my mother-in-law sent me a tragic news story about a baby suffocating inside a baby carrier. When she messaged me the link she commented that this must not be the same type of stretchy wrap I use, but it was the same thing, just a different brand. I am not scared my… Continue reading New Parents: Research What Matters

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Birth Story #4 – Mary

+J.M.J.+ Today's birth story comes from Mary. I know her personally and her husband's words of wisdom really helped and encourage Ethan to be open to home birth for us. They have such a beautiful family, and she is sharing with us the birth of her fifth baby. Enjoy! ____________________ Our oldest son had been… Continue reading Birth Story #4 – Mary

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Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Did you enjoy Geneva's birth story last week? (Click here if you missed it!) This week I am featuring her sister Nicole's story. ___________________ Just one month after my sister had told me she was pregnant I was very excited to discover that I was expecting as well. This would be my eighth baby and… Continue reading Birth Story #3 – Nicole

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Birth Story #2 – Geneva

+J.M.J.+ I have something exciting here in our Natural Birth Story Series... two stories from sisters who gave birth a month apart in their respective homes using the same midwife! Geneva gave birth to her fourth baby, then her sister Nicole followed with her eighth a month later. These births came during a difficult time… Continue reading Birth Story #2 – Geneva

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There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

+J.M.J.+ Philomena was almost 17 months old on the wonderful day I found out that she was a big sister. I was excited to tell her, although at that age she didn't quite understand. As the months went on though, she knew exactly what was going on as we took the following steps to prepare her… Continue reading There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

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Zelie’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J.+ Twenty-five months after I had what felt like a never ending birth with Philomena, things were very different with my second baby. (You can read that birth story and some great information on the safety of homebirth by clicking here) My goal this time around was to take relaxing during contractions to a new… Continue reading Zelie’s Home Birth Story

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Philomena’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J+ Philomena was born exactly two years, six months, and one day ago. At home. I have been meaning to write down her story for that entire length of time, and finally have it down to share with you. Also, after her birth story, I have a section on the safety of home birth, as… Continue reading Philomena’s Home Birth Story