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Birth, Death, and Ambiguity

uncertaintyFriends once asked my wife and me to support them during the birth of their child. Such a privilege! We set aside a day for the wondrous event. Everyone was ready: parents and nurses and doctors and even us, the invited friends. But the baby hadn’t read the memo. Hours went by. Labor continued. A sunset eventually became a sunrise. Labor lurched into a next day.

Though we like to think birth is predictable, it’s not. You’ll ask the friendly obstetrician for a due date and she’ll provide a particular day or range of days. She might be right. She might be wrong.

Labor can seem to lead to birth in less time than it takes to read this sentence.

It can also feel longer than the formation of the Grand Canyon. Read More →

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