A Birth Story: Back Labor, No Meds and a Beautiful Boy

Written by Tamara Reese on .

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Blogger: Tamara Reese (for Kveller.com), Squirrel Hill

I woke to my toddler calling for me over the monitor at 9 a.m. the morning of August 27th. I quickly glanced at the calendar and whispered a silent "thank you" for making it to 39 weeks.

As I waddled to the bathroom, I noticed the back pain was a little more intense than the day before and I had clearly lost my mucus plug. We had a park play date scheduled and as I brushed my teeth, I had a vivid flash of giving birth in a pile of mulch next to the curly slide.

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Tamara Reese is a qualitative epidemiologist turned stay-at-home-Mama turned consultant for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and contributing editor at Kveller.com. She is the mother of two boys and her passions include child injury prevention, gentle parenting, and breastfeeding advocacy. Her post on baby name battles was also featured on the PlayGround.

(photo by Michelle Hammons)

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