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Lactation after Loss Mothers' Stories

Julia Vázquez-Dodero Fontes, Murcia, Spain Translated from the Spanish by Laura Brown Laubach, Pamplona, Spain Lactation after loss. I was 27 weeks pregnant when I lost my baby. She stopped moving inside of me. I drank a big glass of hot chocolate with lots of sugar, hoping she would react, but when nothing happened I went to the emergency room. There the doctors confirmed that...

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Vulnerable Pretoria Baby gets Skin to Skin Mothers' Stories

‎Anet Henrico‎, Pretoria, South Africa How Anet is helping a vulnerable Pretoria baby. Recently, I went to Abba House Baby Shelter to drop off some baby clothes. The facility provides support to orphans and other vulnerable children to ensure that they have shelter, clothing, food to eat, and that their basic needs are met. While I was speaking to the house mother, she mentioned that they have...

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MoMo Twins Mothers' Stories

Ryleigh Klimenko‎, New Hampshire, USA   August 30. I can’t keep my excitement to myself! On August 22, my baby MoMo twins were born prematurely at 32 weeks and and 2 days. [MoMo twins or monoamniotic twins are identical twins that share the same amniotic sac in their mother’s womb. The twins also share the placenta, but have two separate umbilical cords. It’s a very...

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Valarie Molstre Mothers' Stories

Valarie Molstre, Fargo, North Dakota, USA Getting through chemotherapy and breastfeeding my baby. Today my son and I overcame a huge obstacle in our journey. He breastfed for the first time. At 28 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was stage 2, grade 3, and triple negative—that means it was very aggressive. The doctors decided to start chemotherapy while I was...

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Charlotte Southren Mothers' Stories

Sarah Mason, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand Photo: Charlotte Southren   The first time Logan latched on to nurse was just ten minutes after his birth and that was the most magical moment for me. I am so grateful for being able to breastfeed and give my baby the best start in life. Every night is a bit of a challenge because we never know if Logan will...

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Christina Simantiri Mothers' Stories

Tessa Bassett Photo: Christina Simantiri Dining out, breastfeeding, and mother wisdom. I like eating and good food, but cooking takes time and creativity, and in the early months of motherhood my imagination was taken up with how to manage to put my baby down long enough to use the bathroom and get dressed. After a particularly bad run of days, eating boiled eggs and powdery apples...

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Starting Life in a Special Care Baby Unit Mothers' Stories

Rebecca Edwards, Bedford, UK and Joy Mottram, East Surrey, UK When our son Joe was born, blood taken from me at delivery showed that I had developed anti-rhesus antibodies despite being given anti-D injections (see box below). Any future pregnancies would need careful monitoring. It was likely that a second baby would become anemic as a result of those antibodies and might need to be...

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Héctor-Ernesto Mothers' Stories

Elvira Germaná, Madrid, Spain Translated by Gina Nigro, Seville, Spain I so wanted to have a third child, and at age 45, my wish came true. My previous two experiences of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding were smooth and easy. I had no doubt that things would be the same the third time around. I gazed at my belly and marveled at the miracle of life....

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