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March 02, 2015 at 11:41AM

A family welcomes a baby boy, birthed at home Home births aren’t for everyone. But for Ashley Bennett, having her second child at home in Medford was an opportunity to be encouraged and supported at a time when she, and many women, feel at their most vulnerable. The birth plan gave Ashley and her husband, Mike, an array of delivery options, but, as always when it comes to birth, circumstances were unpredictable. The night Ashley went into labor, their toddler, Marin, came down with a fever. And Ashley’s dreams of a water birth — in a giant portable tub — dried up when the new addition to the family, Isaac Douglas Bennett, arrived before the tub was full. Besides doula Catherine McKeown-Lindsey and midwives Tara Kenny and Audra Karp, the Bennetts allowed Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi to witness the family’s private moments.
Cambridge, Massachusetts — 06/22/2014– At her 4 month checkup Ashley Bennett’s two year old daughter Marin leaned over to give her a kiss as she laid on the couch at her Midwife’s home in Cambridge. When Ashley first became pregnant with Marin she made calls to both a hospital and a home birth midwife to see about setting up a prenatal appointment. While the ObGyn’s office was informal telling her when and where she would deliver and asking her to set up an appointment in 12 weeks the midwife first asked how she was feeling. “The idea that someone who didn’t know me cared how I was feeling and doing as a person may seem trivial, but it was such a stark contrast to my first prenatal call at the hospital that I was instantly touched by her intentional care for me.” Ashley said via email “As much as I read with our first baby on birth, that initial call spoke volumes and solidified this path for me. I cancelled my prenatal at the hospital and I never looked back.” Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter: (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) http://ift.tt/1zxpF1q
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February 28, 2015 at 06:56AM

Roll out the barrels Saudi Arabia’s oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC’s top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilized once the fuel has been used. — By Reuters
Men stack oil barrels at a depot in Santo Domingo, Feb. 6, 2015. A group of resident Haitians sell the metal barrels for $9 each to be used as garbage bins, or made into grills or to store water. (Ricardo Rojas/Reuters) http://ift.tt/1DjpI2T
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February 26, 2015 at 05:35AM

Chinese New Year 2015 The Chinese Lunar New Year began Feb. 19 ushering in the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac. The new year also marks the beginning of the Spring Festival in China, which continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. — By Lloyd Young
Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) http://ift.tt/1JNusH2
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February 24, 2015 at 02:26AM

Wintry woes for the MBTA The MBTA has been struggling to restore service after a massive amount of snow fell on the state, beginning with the blizzard in late January. Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager, said “tremendous progress” had been made in an “absolutely unbelievable recovery” effort. She also said that the commuter rail system is “still having challenges,” operating at a little over 60 percent. Scott said the MBTA woes this winter had sounded several “wakeup calls,” and that the system needs more investment. A look back at our recent public transit woes, due to an unusually harsh winter. — By Bill Greene
Earlier in February, a snow-covered third rail caused a T train in Quincy to get stuck. Passengers had to be evacuated by the Quincy Fire Department. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) http://ift.tt/1vsOFeG
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February 24, 2015 at 02:26AM

Carnival and Mardi Gras 2015 Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and Mardi Gras, wrapped up earlier this week before the marking of Ash Wednesday. Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent. — By Lloyd Young
The Queen of Panama City carnival Onissis Samaniego participates during a parade of the Panama City carnival in Panama City, Panama, on Feb. 16. (Alejandro Bolivar/EPA) http://ift.tt/1vsOHTI
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February 19, 2015 at 08:11AM

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog show took place this week, filling Manhatten with thousands of competitors, including 192 different canine breeds. Owners and dogs traveled from around the world to participate in this iconic event. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
Jim Grieco, a cameraman for the USA Network, films Bloodhound Nathan in the benching area of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 16, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press) http://ift.tt/1CKDOKl
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February 16, 2015 at 04:41AM

Fire and Ice In Japan, winter festivals in the past week make for interesting visual juxtapositions. Snow and Ice festivals display large illuminated sculptures for the public to enjoy. In Shingu, the end of winter is celebrated by thousand of men lighting torches on a mountain shrine. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
Japanese men wear Fundoshi, a traditional Japanese undergarment and pray during the purifying body wash ceremony ahead of attending the Oto fire festival. The male-only festival celebrates the close of winter and sees nearly 2000 men run down the 538 steep stone steps from the mountain shrine. The day begins at dusk with Noboriko preparing themselves by bathing in saltwater during a purifying ceremony on a beach in Oiigahama. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) http://ift.tt/1BgzpU3
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February 12, 2015 at 04:41AM

Snow keeps piling up in New England The record-breaking snow amounts just keep piling up since the blizzard that hit the Northeast in late January, causing major commuting issues, damage to property, and sore backs across the region. — By Lloyd Young
A long line formed in North Quincy Wednesday morning with commuters waiting for some 2 hours to take a shuttle bus to the JFK Red Line station. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) http://ift.tt/1AnZqQ7
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February 10, 2015 at 06:22AM

Portraits of conflict in Ukraine The heavy fighting in Ukraine has returned this past month, with leaders around the world hoping for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Photographers have captured the lives of the soldiers on both sides and the civilians living among the destruction and bloodshed. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
A woman cries as she waits for humanitarian aid near a Ukrainian serviceman stands nearby in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 6. Convoys of buses converged from two sides on the town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine after separatist rebels and government forces appeared to have patched together a truce to allow civilians to be evacuated. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) http://ift.tt/1CbZIZf
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February 06, 2015 at 10:10PM

Globe photos of the month, January 2015 Here’s a look at just some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the coverage of winter storms, a new governor taking office and the Patriots playoff run to the Super Bowl. — By Lloyd Young
Noah Bicchieri, 29, and his dog, Caruso, walked through deep snow between houses on Plum Island. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) http://ift.tt/1LUwcNe
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