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What Did You Expect While You Were Expecting?

What Did You Expect While You Were Expecting? Birth Mamas Share Lessons From Their Positive Pregnancies

Andrea Williams

Andrea Williams, Brooklyn, N.Y., Diagnosed in 1993; Mom of three daughters

Brooke Davidoff

Brooke Davidoff, Seattle, Diagnosed in 2010; Mom of Myles, age 2


Esmeralda, Oakland, Calif., Diagnosed in 1998; Mom of two teenagers and one toddler

Janine Brignola

Janine Brignola, Omaha, Neb., Diagnosed in 2006; Mom of Frederick, age 5


Katie, Columbus, Ohio, Diagnosed in 2006; Mom to a 5-year-old son

Lolisa Gibson

Lolisa Gibson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Diagnosed in 2004; Mom of Daryl, age 2

Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker, Mechanicsville, Va., Diagnosed in 2007; Mom to twins Briana and Kymbra, almost age 16; Hannah, age 14; and Aliyah, almost age 2

Shana Cozad

Shana Cozad, Tulsa, Okla., Diagnosed in 1993; Mom to James, age 21; Danica, age 11; and Mallory, age 9

Olivia G. Ford

Olivia G. Ford


Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for and