The Motherload
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The Motherload

We Should Talk More Openly About Childbirth

Here’s why

With my son, soon after he was born

Movies and television shows often follow similar narratives when portraying labor and childbirth. The sequence of events goes something like this: The pregnant woman pauses in the middle of whatever she’s doing as liquid gushes out beneath her. She announces that her water just broke. Immediately, contractions begin. Cue the panic. Everyone around her scrambles to get her…

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Jessica Lucia

Jessica Lucia

Mother. English Instructor. Runner. I love the New York Mets, bridges terrify me, and I hate cottage cheese.