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Going Natural

Baptist Hospital offered the perfect marriage of natural delivery and safe hospital environment.

Nikki Ringenberg does not like needles. As in seriously doesn’t like them — so intensely, she explains, that when she got pregnant last year, she decided to deliver naturally.

Perchance To Dream

A Woman Overcomes Her Battle With Sleep Apnea

Shauntel Jennings has never slept like a baby. Even as an infant, her mother stood guard over her crib, waiting for her daughter to stop breathing. She shook Shauntel’s tiny body several times each night, rousing her from her breathless sleep.

Heart of the Family

Nashville woman lives a “great life” post-surgery

When a car wreck punctured Ruby Howell’s lung in 2005, she turned into her own doctor. Ruby doesn’t have a medical degree, but she does have a ton of sass. In fact, when she made an appointment with her general practitioner, Dr.

Present Practice

Learning To Live in the Moment

Little Leah Cordovez knew she wanted to be a doctor when she was four years old. “I used to follow my brother around with Band-Aids and cotton balls just waiting to jump in with first aid. I was all over it.”

Ribbons and Wings

A Young Mother Battles Breast Cancer with Winged Grace

Terrah McCann gritted her teeth and watched as the tattoo artist etched a pink ribbon on the inside of her left wrist. Just the day before, Terrah had similarly braced herself when her doctor told her, “I have some news.”  It wasn’t good. A mere week before her wedding day, 30-year-old Terrah McCann was preparing for the fight of her life.

Clean Bill of Health

A uterine cancer scare has made her a believer in diligent self-care

The specter of heredity has lurked in the darker corners of Cheryl Perkins’ mind for as long as she can remember.
Her mother died of colon cancer four years ago, and nearly all of the women on her mother’s side of the family had hysterectomies between age 45 and 50 because of cancer diagnoses.

A Big Loss

And a Big Gain

Secretly, in the back of her closet, Rebekah Davis owned a bathing suit. But she would have never worn it. Especially not in front of strangers.

Baby Steps

After a Series of Miscarriages, She's Learning To Hope Again

“I dreamt my whole life about being a mother,” says Heidi Jellison. “I never dreamt about a big wedding, honestly never even dreamt about the husband part.” Jellison, a 35-year-old concert harpist and harp teacher, laughs at this last bit, but then her face settles into a quiet solemnity.

A Big, Bad Fight

A mom with MS finds a new sense of purpose

Dana Birdsong didn’t have time for a headache that day. The (then) 35-year-old lobbyist and advocate for the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. had a meeting on Capitol Hill she couldn’t miss.

A Quick Recovery

Partial Knee Surgery Proves To Be Life-Changing

Donna Reeves doesn’t know how the arthritis in her knee began. But she’ll never forget the pain that began about a year ago.

Second Chances

An unlikely cancer candidate, Kelly Jent fought it and won!

It was just an average Saturday morning back in April 2009 when Kelly Jent's life changed forever. Kelly, a Springfield resident and 33-year-old mother of three, was helping a friend with a yard sale when she suddenly felt the uncontrollable urge to go to the bathroom.

Delicate Lives

Premature births bring concerns ... and appreciation for the little things.

Jennifer McCloud always wanted to be a mom. That's why, after difficulties getting pregnant, the native Nashvillian was elated to discover she was pregnant. With triplets!

A Good Sport

Heart disease took her off the court, but Saint Thomas docs got her back on it.

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in American women: heart disease. And perhaps no one will be sporting her red more proudly than 20-year-old Nashvillian Nykia Babb.

A New Beginning

When pelvic pain made life miserable, Lily Gillmor found help. And hope.

Childbirth is one of the most magical of life's experiences. And that's what Nashville's Lily Gillmor was hoping for, but what it turned into instead was an excruciatingly painful, life-altering ordeal. Gillmor had what she describes as a "regular" vaginal childbirth, but she experienced some tissue damage when her son was born.

There's A Reason

One local woman is both a breast cancer survivor and a beacon of hope for all those in the fight.

“I was putting up my Christmas tree when I got the phone call,” says Teri Johnson-Hiett, referring to the moment she found out she had breast cancer. It was right around Thanksgiving in 2005, eight short months after losing her mother at age 51 to the same disease. Teri was only 29.

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