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Jamie Dever was alone at the hospital with a nurse and midwife when she went into labor. The baby boy was big, almost nine pounds, he was face-down and she arrived too late for an epidural. The pain was terrific; the midwife held her hand and repeated "Be brave, be brave" with each wave of contractions. Dever was unattached to the child's father, and she labored without kin or partner. But she didn't feel lonely — she felt like it was an experience between her and her newborn child.
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