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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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Jamie Sia Photography Mothers' Stories

Mar Mendiola, Essone, France Translated from Spanish by Gwyneth Little & Hanny Ghazi Photo: Jamie Sia Photography Four months of wonderful breastfeeding until … That Friday morning I woke up with a high temperature, a sore head and my body aching all over. “Ugh, feels like I’m coming down with flu,” I thought, but my mind didn’t want to confirm what my body was feeling...

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Esther Edith Mothers' Stories

Esther Edith Photos: Esther Edith After a challenging, long labor of 40+ hours, I birthed my first daughter, Arielle, safely at home. She latched on well within minutes, and I was amazed at how she already knew what to do and somehow, my body did as well. All went well for the first hours, but by the evening, she was frustrated. I ached intensely with...

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Anna Bondareva Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Anna Bondareva 10 Concepts: The Early Years La Leche League is founded on a philosophy summarized in ten concept statements which all LLL Leaders hold dear. In a series of poems Alison puts her interpretation of our beliefs into verse. Here is the third. Concept three: In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as...

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