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  1. Aiming to Avoid the Scalpel

    March 19, 2001 -- Kathy Schuler dreaded the thought of a cesarean section. She had seen friends struggle through recovery and hated the idea of being cut open. But after five hours of labor and signs that her baby might be in trouble, there usually was no other choice in cases such as hers. Until no

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  2. Look Who's Talking in Sign Language

    March 12, 2001 -- Jessica Jordan's daughter, Sophia, isn't deaf, but she started learning sign language when she was 5 months old. She started with simple words like "milk" and "more," but within months could grasp more complex ideas. During a visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston when she was

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  3. Infertility: A Tale of Two Sisters

    In less than two weeks -- and I can't believe I am writing this -- I will turn 42. In two months, my beautiful, rambunctious, often exasperating son, Joey, will turn 2. At times it still seems unreal that he is here at all. Like the women interviewed for this series, I spent a significant part of my

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  4. Once a C, Always a C?

    March 5, 2001 -- When Cheryl went into labor with her first child, all seemed to be going well. But things changed when the baby came down the birth canal at an odd angle, and began to show signs of distress. "Her head was crowning, but they just couldn't get her out," Cheryl recalls. The solution?

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  5. The Pain of Post-Divorce Parenting

    Feb. 26, 2001 -- It's 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and it's painfully obvious that most of the 20 people sitting in the bright orange chairs of the cavernous jury room at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore., would rather be anywhere but here. The crossed arms and hostile body language o

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  6. Switched at Conception

    Feb. 5, 2001 -- The last thing Kelli Gora ever expected to hear was that she might be a mother. That was a dream the Californian, now 38, had given up on years earlier, when several in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts costing her more than $15,000 failed to produce a child. It was a painful experi

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  7. One Last Summer

    Jan. 29, 2001 (Berkeley, Calif.) -- Gabriel Catalfo spent his summer doing what teenagers usually do. He hung out with friends. He went to camp. He scared the daylights out of his parents by going skydiving. Then, that fall, he died. Gabe's death, in November 1998, was no surprise. In fact, he had b

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  8. Abused and Pregnant

    Jan. 22, 2001 -- By the time Mary found out she was pregnant, her fiancé already was showing signs of becoming an abuser. He was unreasonably jealous and shouted at her frequently. She decided it was in her best interest to have an abortion. After they married, she told her husband about the abortio

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  9. Getting Ready for Baby

    Nov. 13, 2000 -- Debra Livingston is every doctor and midwife's idea of a dream patient. The 29-year-old Florida woman got down to a healthy weight, stopped drinking alcohol, and quit using birth control pills months before she started trying to conceive. "I wanted to do everything I possibly could

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  10. Staying Fit While Pregnant

    Three days before Nancy Karabaic's baby was born -- when most moms-to-be are finding it tough enough just walking a couple of blocks -- Karabaic took a 3.5-mile run, because it felt good, she says. "It was really important to me to stay fit and strong throughout my pregnancy," says the 39-year-old p

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