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The Digital Mystique by Sarah Granger

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INTRODUCTION

CONNECTING IS JUST THE BEGINNING

“Mystique is rare now, isn’t it? There aren’t that many enigmas in this modern world.”

—Benedict Cumberbatch, English actor

The summer of 2005 found me in a distressing place. I was on vacation in London with my husband—and was six months pregnant with my daughter—when I started experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. It wasn’t the first hiccup of the pregnancy. I’d had a mild hemorrhage during the first trimester. Fortunately, after an uncomfortable flight, we made it home to California.

The contractions continued the following week, more than four an hour, so I went to the hospital to be examined. Driving there, every possible worst-case scenario ran through my head. What if I gave birth early? ...

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