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  • Stephanie shared from I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley
    “Books are like oxygen to a deep-sea diver,” she had once said. “Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles.”
  • Stephanie shared from Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
    Erin Morrison of Lanham, Maryland, experienced both. Her water broke at home and her doctor told her to come to the hospital right away. She was left to labor naturally for 12 hours and then given Pitocin. Before the Pitocin, she told me, she was able to breathe through each contraction-there was enough time between them to regroup. "You tell yourself, `I can get through a minute.' But with the Pitocin, the contractions follow one right behind another. You almost have no chance to breathe." Branske-Lotane experienced natural contractions with her second baby, and she puts it in terms of music....