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My Moment of Truth

My mother had shared my birth story with me. It involved ridicule, nausea and vomiting, being tied to a table, forceps, separation. She also shared me brother's story, which was even sadder. These were in 1963 and 1966. In 1986, when I was newly pregnant with my first born, a very good woman gave me a copy of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" and told me that if I wanted to avoid the experience my mother had, I had better do some research and make some different choices. I chose to have a certified nurse-midwife attend my birth with me at home. It was the single most empowering experience I have ever had and changed my life. My baby is 26 now, I have had 2 more home births, I am a nurse-midwife myself, and have helped hundreds of families to experience their own power in creating their own families.

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