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What He Took: A Birth Story by Kelly Grey Carlisle

Maybe your mom is your best friend and maybe she’s not; maybe you never knew her; maybe you imagine something better for you both or lament what never was.  Whatever your mom is, take a moment to read What He Took by Kelly Grey Carlisle, on The Rumpus.

I used to joke with nervous first-time-mother friends, as they nested, “Don’t worry, all you need is a drawer and a blanket.”  A weak assurance that won’t be used, now, after this.

Thank you to Kelly for sharing this generational birth story, and congratulations on the birth of your baby girl.  I know you’ll savor every moment with her.


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