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We Call Them Destiny: A Birth Story

The day Destiny was born a mist covered the mountains and the air was crisp. The green of the trees and the grass shown against the gray of the morning. . I was out with the other expectant pregnant folks for our daily exercise and I felt like I could finally feel them coming closer.  “I think the baby is coming today!” I said excitedly to Maria.  “Oh really? Why Shaquan? You’ve been pregnant so long, maybe your baby decided to stay inside!” Maria laughed. She was trying unsuccessfully to do the calisthenics that the teacher was demonstrating and collapsed into giggles.  “I am not really feeling this. My belly is so big!” I said, adjusting my loose-fitting blue crop top over my breasts to do the next stretch.   “Don’t squat so deep and maybe it won’t be so hard to get back up!” Maria laughed even louder.  Maria was my closest friend in the group of baby carriers this season. All of us exercised and had breakfast together before beginning our day. She was …