Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer

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Confident God would bring them the children they wanted

Friendship segued to dating. Paul proposed during Shanell’s senior year.

A new baby, a new focus on identity

María plans to write Angelito a letter about his birth. It will include everything: her feelings about the pregnancy and about parenthood, along with details of this strained historical moment.

A strong, enduring bond with her baby

“She was inside me for so long, I just wanted to feel her in my arms. I was worried: Am I going to be a good parent? What did I know about it? How competent would I be?”

As parents, they want to replicate — and reboot — their own childhoods

Nothing helped — not the breathing exercises she’d practiced with her doula, not the epidural. Cristal spiked a fever, and the doctor ordered a C-section.

Lullaby Project pairs Philly caregivers with musicians to compose original songs for their kids

The Lullaby Project began in 2011, an initiative of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to promote maternal health and parent-child attachment through music. Now it reaches 300 families a year.

Daily life is management, and jolts of joy, couple finds

“I remember being excited about all the not-exciting parts of being a mom — little moments, like sitting and reading with them, holding them, just connecting with this little person."

After several tries, Rebecca and Dave Howell get the family they always wanted

They’d already talked about marriage as well as children. “For me to make the move cross-country, leaving everything behind, there had to be a future,” Rebecca says.

Tyanna and Marcus Myers celebrate being present for their girls

“I’m still shocked, watching it, that everything worked out. That we had her at home. I felt very proud.”

Waiting for the pandemic to end, eager to share and celebrate

“So much was unknown at that point,” Jo Pierce recalls. “How someone infected with COVID would be impacted if they were pregnant, and how that would impact the baby.”

Katy Hagan and Sean New, keeping their focus during this crazy, tender time

Katy recalls their mutual shock when Helen emerged; she’d been certain the baby would be a boy.