"In stark contrast to TLC’s “A Baby Story,” laboring at home exuded a quiet comfort. The fire crackled as autumn rushed in with October’s arrival, and the birthing tub sat beneath the mantel adorned with homemade Halloween decorations. She had no IV, no internal fetal monitor and no Pitocin drip. Instead, she had tea and toast at the window seat, smiling between contractions and discussing a range of topics, from old television shows like the “Newlywed Game” to influential parenting styles. Eventually, labor slowed and we agreed to come back when things quickened and as late afternoon turned to dusk, she asked me to return."