One thing she’s definitely not reevaluating: her rock-solid relationship with new husband Jared Pobre, a tech entrepreneur. “Jared is the most thoughtful, loving, kind person. I couldn’t ask for a better father for my children,” Keibler says. “Our bond is so strong and special, and getting pregnant has made it even more so. It’s been so much fun preparing to become new parents together.”
A crucial part of that preparation has been lots of research and reading, Keibler says: “I’ve always been a student at heart, and I’m a big advocate for women educating themselves about the birthing process.” After all, she notes, the United States has a higher rate of maternal mortality than 40 other nations, including some developing countries, even though it spends the most per capita on health care, according to stats from Amnesty International. “Some dangerous practices are standard procedure for hospitals, and women don’t even realize they have a choice about them,” she says. “It’s so important that you get all the facts and understand your options.”
For Keibler, one important decision was to work with a doula, and she and Pobre have met with her doctor and several midwives as they anticipate delivery. But while she’s fervently gathering the facts, she’s not freaking out about what could go wrong. “I live in the present moment. I can’t control how my labor will be, only what’s going on today,” she says.
And the decision Keibler feels the best about? That would be choosing to become a mother in the first place—which hadn’t always been in the cards for her. “Before we met, both Jared and I had told our parents we didn’t think we’d ever get married or have kids, but when you’re with the right person, everything changes,” she says. “My epiphany happened shortly after Jared and I started dating, and once we both knew, we didn’t hesitate—I just knew I was ready and that there’s no one else in the world I would want to do this with.”
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