Volunteer-Janice Barth

Birthing a 10-pound healthy boy didn’t take much thought before the internet:  take the recommended vitamins, vomit, gain 40 pounds and spend 11 hours gasping for breath while strangers poke around my private parts. Easy-peasy.  Seven months into another pregnancy the doctor showed concern after an ultrasound, and I found myself in the hospital on complete bedrest. 3 days after admission - and more concern - I had a 2-pound 4-ounce child cut from my not-so-protective uterus.  The entity staring out from the incubator forced the question:  why is this a human being while those children still in utero at the exact stage of development not considered human?  In horror I recalled if still inside the mother such children could legally be killed with a needle to the heart, then dismembered for easier removal.  My son blinked at me and I became prolife.  Permanently.  Without a flicker of doubt.

Our two-pound wonder who, we were warned, would not have the abilities of an average child; it would be best to lower our expectations.

 

Today: Calm yourself ladies, this Ph.D. candidate in Electromagnetic Metamaterials, world traveler, music lover, Catan expert and gourmet cook is married. 

 

Did I mention he ordered Caesar’s Commentaries in the original Latin to read in his spare time?  I am truly awed.

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