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    A heartwrenching, gut-churning story out of Ocala, Florida involves a woman who gave birth to a premature baby in a motel bathroom after binging on crack cocaine. Thirty-seven-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell, who was seven or eight months along, reportedly cut the newborn's umbilical cord with her teeth after she went into labor. She later called 911 upon seeing that her baby had turned blue.

    Hassell is now in jail, on suicide watch. Thankfully, the infant is hanging on, albeit in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    What on earth are we, let alone law enforcement, to make of this? Perhaps that what happened here is as tragic as it is horrific.

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    There's no shame in admitting you would rather slice off your arm than deliver a baby without the help of heavy drugs. When I gave birth to my first child, there was no doubt in my mind that I would get an epidural -- if it's good enough for more than 50 percent of women who give birth in hospitals, I thought, it's good enough for me. And it did deliver what it promised: my contractions were so painless, I had to be told when to push.

    But the epi also made my body a bit of a wreck after birth -- a shaky, feverish, low blood-pressured wreck. How do I know it was the epidural, you ask? Oh, because when I delivered my son a few days ago -- and I had every intention of getting drugs -- I was denied an epi because I had dilated too quickly. My recovery was amazingly quick and I felt great right away -- but this happy discovery didn't make labor any less frightening. Here are 21 thoughts you just might have if, like me, you discover -- surprise! -- they'll be no drugs for you, missy.

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    It's the most horrifying thing that can happen to a pregnant woman: carrying your child to term only to deliver a stillborn. It's unimaginable. Though, as scary as it is to think about, it's a monstrous reality some women face. The day before her scheduled c-section, Deanna Slifka had no indication something was wrong. She felt her baby move. She thought everything was fine. But during delivery, the baby's heart inexplicably stopped and the doctors could not revive her. Needless to say, Slifka and her husband were wracked with grief. Though what they decided to do next may come as a shock to many.

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    Sometimes things happen that can make even the biggest cynics believe in miracles. And this right here? This is one of those things. A newborn baby who was born last Saturday in Halifax was pronounced dead after she lay completely unresponsive and not breathing for 25 minutes. But 2 minutes after nurses wheeled the infant out of Robin Cyr's room, they returned, stunned, and told the mother that her daughter was in fact alive.

    "A nurse came over ... she couldn’t talk," Ms. Cyr said. "She was speechless, and another nurse came over and said, 'Your baby’s breathing.'"

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    It is a big week for pregnant women in America. A BIG week. A court in one of the nation's biggest states (by population anyway) has ruled that moms can now ban dad from the delivery room!

    Got that? No matter what he says; if you don't want him in there watching you push his baby into the world, he doesn't get in.

    Greatest court ruling ever? Not so fast.

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    Seeing a just-born newborn baby cling to its mother is a beautiful thing. But typically, the little one just wants to nurse or be snuggled. Very rarely does the baby lock its grip on ... its mother's face. However, that's what an adorable brand new baby did when doctors and nurses tried to take the infant away to wash it: Grabbed on to its mother's face and nose like a koala bear -- and oh my god, it's adorable.

    Check out one of the cutest -- and strangest -- videos of a newborn clinging to its mother's face for dear life!

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    Polly McCourtA laboring woman and her doorman were trying to hail a cab to take her to the hospital on Monday, but as anyone knows, getting a cab in New York is a complete crap shoot. Eventually, Polly McCourt's doorman, Anton Rudovic, managed to flag down a free taxi for her, but before she could get into the car, an impatient woman cut in front of her and stole it. Yes, you read that correctly: A woman stole a cab from a woman who was in labor. Actually, the baby was crowning at that very moment. Only in New York!

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    Kudos to new dad and Florida native Zaheer Ali. He and his wife Indira just welcomed a beautiful baby girl -- their first -- into the family. But Ali isn't just to be applauded for the new addition, he has definitely earned a whole other set of props. Why? Because he's the one who delivered his daughter in the absence of a doctor or nurse.

    Sure, we have all heard those stories about folks who didn't make it to the hospital in time. But Ali and his wife's story is a little different -- they were in the hospital, ready and waiting. In fact, more than ready. They'd already met with a doctor who administered a drug to induce labor ... and then left them to see to another mom-to-be.

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    Recently Orange Is the New Black actor Jason Biggs has gotten a lot of flack for his social media overshare during his wife's labor and delivery. He chronicled the experience from the moment the contractions ramped up in the car on the way to the hospital to her getting an epidural and in the OR during the surprise C-section. There is no question that it was a special day for his family, but it begs the question: How much is too much information?

    He's certainly not the only parent guilty of this. People boldly post everything from details of their painful episiotomies to photographs of their placenta. It's a disturbing epidemic if you ask me. We are so desperate for attention that we think nothing of sharing the most intimate (and sometimes most cringeworthy) moments of our birth stories. Check out 7 of the yuckiest labor and delivery overshares we've come across.

    WARNING, some of these tweets are graphic.

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    Being pregnant with triplets, and then giving birth to them, seems like an exhausting feat, to say the least. So, when Kimberly Fugate gave birth to what she thought was her last baby out of the three she was carrying, she breathed a sigh of relief. Except she wasn't done. Unbeknownst to Fugate and her doctors, there was actually a fourth baby in there.

    "More feet!" Kimberly heard the doctor say after she delivered her third. And, according to her, all she thought was, "Noooo!"

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