Gina’s Problems

Two days after she was told that she had had a missed miscarriage and after carefully weighing her options, Gina decided that she would have the medical treatment because she wanted to speed up the process. She called her doctor and made an appointment. "Doctor, you said I could take the medication orally or vaginally. …

Gina’s Options

"What were the results of the ultrasound, Doctor?" Gina asked. She had called the office two days ago because she noticed that It’s there she was having a brownish discharge and that she wasn't experiencing nausea and breast soreness anymore.  Although she knew that all pregnancies were different, there was something radically different about this …

Good News, Finally

"I have good news for you, Kira. You're pregnant." Kira sat there looking stunned. Tears welled in her eyes. Finally, she had heard the words she had always longed to hear. Finally, God had answered her prayers. She couldn't wait to tell Joel the exciting news. "Wow," was all she could say at the moment. …

Angie Comes Clean

"Start talking, Angela." Whenever he called her by her full name, he was angry. "Amy told the truth. I'm not really pregnant." He fought hard to remain calm. "So, your pregnancy is a fake one." "Yes. I didn't mean to lie to you, Paul. Honest." "You made me believe that you were pregnant, Angela when …

One of These Days…

I am sitting in front of the mirror.  A bruised face with haunted eyes are looking back at me.  The cut on my temple needed stitches.  I used to be a nurse before I got married.  I pick up the threaded needle and proceed to sew the cut.  I bite down on my lip at …

Breakdown in the Closet

MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe, explores the realities and ideas of a new global generation of mothers through art, stories, and powerful new voices. The exhibition aims to turn inspiration into action helping fuel a worldwide movement of advocates for mothers’ human rights and advances in maternal health. Just recently I got an email from them …

Irene Morgan

Before Rosa Parks, there was Irene Morgan. One muggy July morning in 1944, Irene Morgan, a young Seventh-day Adventist woman boarded a bus to Baltimore for a check-up following a miscarriage. About an hour or so out of Gloucester, a white couple boarded. The bus driver ordered Morgan and her seatmate to move. Morgan refused …

Smoking and Women

A long time ago I took one drag on a cigarette and vowed never to touch another one again.  It made me cough and I felt terrible.  My sister used to smoke but then she stopped.  I have a cousin who used to smoke and her lips looked black.  I used to work with a …

Pregnancy At 40 and Older – The Risks

I got pregnant when I was forty and had our son when I was forty-one.  It was a textbook pregnancy.  There were no complications.  I didn't have to have an epidural and the actual delivery took under fifteen minutes.  The contractions although they were bad, they didn't last long.  I have heard some horror stories of …

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