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September 25, 2006
Emma couldn't believe it. Not again, she thought. Other people might have lost track of the number of miscarriages she had, but not Emma. She mourned each of the seven babies, the loss of hope, a pearl of sorrow on a string of disappointment. Emma's own mother had six children and had never been in the hospital a day in her life. Her husband's mother had had her own half dozen. Why couldn't Emma, who wanted to so badly, have just one child? She couldn't keep suffering like this. When her husband came home, she said, We have to adopt.