Three Happy Moments From January 1st, 1980

I was born
  1. My mother had been pregnant for 42 weeks
    She was in a a foreign country and had not felt her baby move lately. She worried that she may have lost the pregnancy but she didn't want to tell anyone, because she was on a work trip at the time.
  2. Then on January 1st, 1980 she felt her baby move for the first time and realized she needed a c-section now!!
    My mother also never went into labor with me, not even one contraction.
  3. My mother travelled enormous distances from the small village in the Middle East where she was had just been posted the largest city with a hospital.
    Miraculously she found an English speaking obstetrician, who was Harvard trained no less. Within minutes she went under and soon after a very sickly baby was in my mother's arms.