For Kathee Metz of Howell Township, the difference between staying “horribly pregnant” and happily reaching post-labor last month was found in the “magical” hands of a stranger.

Metz said she was skeptical July 10 when a nurse advised her that getting a massage could speed up her labor process, but because Metz was well past her due date, she gave it a shot.

“I totally and completely give all credit to the massage, because nothing was happening before then,” Metz said. “I don’t know how she did it. It was like magic.”

The Livingston Daily, Howell, Michigan Aug. 16, 2009