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I Gave Birth in a Parking Lot

Written by Lea Lion on .

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If you are a woman of childbearing age in Los Angeles, you may have heard of me. I often get introduced at baby showers as, "My friend who gave birth in a parking lot." Having a baby in a parking lot is not what I thought I would become known for, but it was one of the best experiences of my life and, luckily, I love telling -- and retelling -- my birth story.

A watched pot never boils. At three days past my due date with my second child, I knew what it felt like to be the pot. Every time I came downstairs -- in the morning, after a midday nap, before dinner -- my in-laws, who were in town for the birth, observed, "Still no baby?"

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Lea Lion grew up in Squirrel Hill and is now a Los Angeles-based journalist. She is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and a current contributor to L.A. Weekly and The Eastsider. She is the co-founder of Drumwordspokenbeat. She wrote this for the Huffington Post.

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