Sweet Sixteen by ProQuest

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   Sweet Sixteen                                                                             The Birth Journey
   By Michelle Delp, RN, ICCE                                                                By Nancy Lantz

   Late. Positive.
                                                                                             The Birth Journey
   There’s a baby on the way.
   Should I laugh or scream or cry?                                                          Begins with you
   Or maybe even pray?
                                                                                             Begins again when you discover
   Sick. Tired.                                Weeks. Days.
                                                                                             you are building a baby
   There’s a baby on the way.                  There’s a baby on the way.
   I haven’t told a single soul.               Room is full of tiny things.                  Begins again as you travel
   What will people say?                       There’s a place for her to lay.               through the time for the baby to
                                                                                             be complete
   Showing. Glowing.                           Pain. Coming.
   There’s a baby on the way.                  There’s a baby on the way.                    Begins again as you start the
   My friends all keep their distance.         Relax, breathe, the teacher said.             birthing process and your baby
   The daddy ran away.                         Crazy thing to say.                           takes that first breath
   Kicking. Growing.                           Powerful. Amazing.
                                                                                             Be
								
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