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About The Baby Project

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.

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.

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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.

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