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For Native Mothers, a Way to Give Birth That Overcomes Trauma

Nicolle Gonzales has the stamina of a long-distance runner, which she is, and the authority that comes from guiding nervous mothers-to-be through difficult labor. Her confidence was hard-won: She is a survivor of sexual abuse who gave birth to her first child at age 20 in a noisy hospital room, crowded with relatives and attended by a doctor who wouldn't answer her questions. She lost so much blood that she nearly lost consciousness.


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