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I have had several scary moments.

1. When the Winterville Police Department contacted me to tell me that my brother had committed suicide, I realized that I would have to break that news to my parents, I was terrified. Yes, it was as awful as it sounds.

2. When I made the decision to divorce. I was terrified that I might hurt my children by doing so, but I had to go through with it.

Both of these incidents took years to recover from, but I kept moving forward which, ultimately, is how any of us must deal with fearful times.

— Karen Klaich



Fear can be motivating and intimidating at the same time ... it simultaneously can pull you back and push you forward!

All of us experience fear but we do not have to be controlled by it!

The scariest thing I have ever done was to quit a fulltime job to start a nonprofit organization. I knew this was something that I felt lead to do and I had never done anything like this before. I was completely out of my comfort zone and I had no real guarantees that it would even work but I followed my passion to serve and help others! It was a very successful venture for two years until I had to stop due to illness.

Here are some steps that I took that may help you overcome fear:

  • • I had to step out of my comfort zone
  • • I had to have courage to face rejection
  • • I had to do a lot of self-talk

— “Coach Chris” Christy Jones



Bravery surely carries different meanings for every person you know. Merriam Webster defines bravery as “showing no fear,” where fear is being worried or afraid. Being an obstetrician gynecologist, one could argue that our specialty is among the most unpredictable, arduous environments in the medical world. If you have ever been involved in a birth experience, did you meet fear? Undoubtedly yes at some point, it is common to feel worried or afraid. I consider each of my patients like my own family and when a mother’s labor is not going according to plan, I worry and such moments can be gut-wrenching.

Fear in the labor process spawns from the unknown, but I see fear or worry as a healthy barometer. A sense of fear tells me I have weighed all odds and am keenly aware of mother and baby’s status. Fear in childbirth is NOT a time to bury your head in the sand. It is our responsibility as a medical team to detect or foresee every possible outcome. It is our mission to steer clear of danger and to see mother and baby through the labor process safely and soundly.

The leading cause of death outside of the United States is childbirth. We are fortunate where we live to not see this as a frequent occurrence. I can tell you, however that in those moments where I had concern for losing a mother or baby in labor, I may have seemed brave in my actions, but make no mistake, fear was present. A sense of fear or worry is vital in my world, to be better able to make those sometimes split-second decisions for a good outcome for all.

No matter the circumstance when you encounter fear, my advice would be to take a deep breath and keep telling yourself, there is a path to guide you on your way. Don’t give up until you find it.

—Dr. Marie Rowe


Bless your heart
Bless your heart