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Cut, Stapled & Mended Features

By Roanna Rosewood, an excerpt   “This book needs to be read by pregnant or to-be pregnant women, to-be fathers, midwives, nurses, hospital administrators and, most especially, by doctors.” Dr. Marsden Wagner, former director of Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Health Organization. With parenthood comes a lifetime membership to the parent’s club. As part of the club, I can immediately, without needing reason, strike...

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Recovery from an Eating Disorder Mothers' Stories

Sara Sites, Pittsburgh, PA, USA   This is my journey recovering from an eating disorder. From about the age of 12, I’ve struggled with food. I don’t remember a time before food and body image-centered thoughts didn’t occupy my brain. For years, I treated myself badly and wanted my life to be over. But I found light at the end of the tunnel. I know women...

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Love at First Sight? Features

Amanda Dunbar, IBCLC, Tyne and Wear, UK Photo: Emma Wood, West Yorkshire, UK   Does motherhood come with that rush of love at first sight? I think, like many mothers-to-be, I expected to fall head over heels in love with my baby the first minute I saw her. We have all heard about the rush of love that comes at first sight, but do we...

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What My Doctor Taught Me About Birth Features

Updated May 24, 2016 Teresa Pitman, Guelph, Ontario, Canada Photo: Sally Parkin by Mick Watson My dear friend Joyce Barrett died of cancer in January of 2014. We had been friends for a long time, although when we first met she was just the new family doctor who had been recommended to me. I immediately loved her warmth and down-to-earth style, and it was into her hands...

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Visiting a New Arrival? Help Don’t Hinder Features

Updated December 2015 Photo: Sally by Mick Watson   In the early days and weeks following the birth of a new baby many new parents find they prefer to be left in peace to spend time together recovering from the birth, learning to breastfeed, getting some rest in between caring for and getting to know their new addition. They do not want to worry about...

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My Postpartum Depression Mothers' Stories

Hanny Ghazi, Paris, France My husband and I finally conceived a baby a year after our wedding. We were very excited. I have always loved children and for five years had worked as a preschool teacher in my hometown, Bogota, where the mothers of my students told me what a great mom I would be. I answered that I hoped one day to be blessed by...

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The Mother Blessing Features

Elizabeth P Myler, BSN, RN, LLLL, IBCLC   A celebration of a woman’s transition into motherhood: the Mother Blessing ceremony Pregnant mothers are bombarded with advertisements for “must have” gear and gadgets that claim to hold, soothe, feed, contain, and even comfort a baby. Magazine articles about planning a baby shower focus on helping you accumulate these material items. The media urges you to plan...

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I Want a Natural Birth Mom to Mom

Updated February 2016 Mothers’ Letters Photo: Belle Verdiglione   Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.   Mother’s situation: I want a natural birth The birth of my first baby, who is now two years old, was traumatic. I didn’t progress at the expected rate during labor, which led to a cascade of medical...

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