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Although it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly doesn’t take a village to give birth to one.

Which is why when I envisioned my labor and delivery room,  I imagined it very empty.

I did not want my mother there. I love my mother dearly but I know between labor pains she would have said things like, “You look so beautiful!” (which clearly I did not), “Why do they keep these hospitals so cold?!” (Maybe so pregnant women aren’t so hot) and “Remember when I went to nursing school? I couldn’t take all the blood.” (Yes mom, I remember. I’ll try to keep the bleeding to a minimum.)

So definitely no mother.

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kelcey kintner