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Bump on a Blog: Birth Sounds 

Published April 7, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.

click to enlarge Not sure how to illustrate this story. So here's a gratuitous baby photo of me, with my grandmother and mum.
  • Not sure how to illustrate this story. So here's a gratuitous baby photo of me, with my grandmother and mum.
I'd never heard a scream like that. 

I was standing in the hallway of the Fletcher Allen labor-and-delivery floor with nurse manager Mary Clairmont, who was giving me a tour of the facilities. We had just poked our heads into the kitchenette — which, I was delighted to learn, includes a freezer stocked with popsicles — when we heard the scream peal out from the room next door. I froze.

Over the last two weeks, I've visited six hospital birth centers — in Middlebury, Burlington, St. Albans, Randolph, Berlin and Morrisville. I'm working on a survey of hospitals in the Kids VT circulation area for our May maternity issue. I wanted to see what makes each place unique. 

But the Fletcher Allen tour was more personal. I plan to give birth there, and this was the first I'd seen of the place. I tried to imagine myself waddling in next month, checking into the storied Room 4 and climbing into the big birthing tub. I imagined my husband walking the hallways with me (18 times around makes a mile) and stopping to slow dance (just like our doulas taught us) in the labor lounge, which has some of the best views of Lake Champlain in Burlington. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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