Welcome to the Baby Project, a new blog that will follow nine expectant mothers who are due to give birth this summer. They come from all over the U.S., and have a range of stories and experiences to share.
As different as their stories and backgrounds are — geographically, economically, ethnically and otherwise — you may find that their hopes and fears are fundamentally the same.
You'll meet Andrea, who adopted two boys after years of fertility struggles and is now expecting twins; Ashley, a 21-year-old whose husband just deployed for Iraq; and Christy, who developed preeclampsia in her first pregnancy and is now home on bed rest for the remainder of her second.
Welcome to the Baby Project — a blog that will follow nine expectant mothers who are due to give birth this summer. Jolivette Mecenas, 38, the daughter of Filipino immigrants, is having her first child with her partner, Charlyne, in Los Angeles.
Andrea Pike, 31, of Union, Ky., adopted two boys after years of fertility struggles. She and her husband, Jeff, are now expecting twin girls.
Christy Lilley, 32, of Charlotte, N.C., developed preeclampsia in her first pregnancy and is now on bed rest for the remainder of her second. She and her husband, Jim, have a 20-month-old son named James.
Lateefah Torrence, 38, of New York, and her husband, Matt, are looking forward to their first child after having one previous miscarriage.
This is Ashley Charter, a 21-year-old in Lillington, N.C., whose husband, Jesse, just deployed for Iraq.
Sarah Crossman, 32, plans a midwife-assisted home birth with her husband, Chad, on the tiny island of Vinalhaven, Maine, where she grew up.
Emily Grace Whebbe, 26, of St. Paul, Minn., is planning a midwife-assisted delivery at a birth center with her partner, Kai.
Lucy Peck, 27, of Logan, Utah, and her husband, Aaron, are planning a drug-free birth with a doula.
Loriani Eckerle, 30, of Oakland, Calif, and her husband, Matt, have been told their baby has a rare chromosomal disorder called Mosaic Trisomy 16. She is due to be induced in mid-July at 37 weeks pregnant.
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Emily is planning a midwife-assisted delivery at a birth center; Jolivette, the daughter of Filipino immigrants, is having her first child with her female partner; Lateefah is nearing 40 and trying to find balance in her busy New York life.
Loriani has been told her baby has a rare chromosomal disorder called Mosaic Trisomy 16; Lucy is planning a drug-free birth with a doula; and Sarah plans a midwife-assisted home birth on the tiny Maine island she grew up on.
From the moment you decide to have a baby (or, the moment nature decides for you), you've embarked on one of the most important journeys of your life — bringing a new life into the world.
For some, that journey is long and painful, filled with bumps and detours along the way. For others, it's smooth sailing.
We hope these stories speak to you, and that you'll speak to us. We invite you to share your own stories on this blog, as we embark on this poignant, funny, informative and unflinching exploration of pregnancy and birth. Along the way, we'll talk to a range of experts in the field about what actually goes on during pregnancy — in women's bodies, in their relationships, and in their emotional lives.
Join us as we follow our nine moms through their births, and share in their experiences.
Also, read more about how we chose our moms in this post from our ombudsman's office.