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Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them Features / Mothers' Stories

Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine....

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Amber Jones Mothers' Stories

Riva Soucie, Raleigh, NC, USA Photos: Amber Jones   “What kind of birth experience do you hope for?” A sweet, soft-spoken doula was sitting in my living room, probably expecting an answer filled with the highest of hopes and lofty expectations. “Truthfully,” I admitted, “I don’t have a set vision for how things will go. I’m open to whatever may come.” When my water broke the evening...

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Dad: “Please Feed the Baby!” Mothers' Stories

Teandra Knapp, Maricopa County, Gilbert, Arizona, USA Photos: Janae Marie & Mira Beya    Our precious son was delivered via cesarean, after which my husband went with him as he was bathed and weighed, while I stayed in the recovery room. I remember staring at the clock when all I could think about was wanting to be with my baby. The clock’s ticking filled my mind while time itself...

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Discovering the Mother in Me After a Traumatic Birth Mothers' Stories

Bilyana Maldzhanska, Sofia, Bulgaria Photo: Amber by Janae Marie Photography   Breastfeeding my daughter, Siana, helped me discover my love for her. While nursing her, I also discovered the mother in me. Let me share with you my little steps to motherhood, steps towards building and sustaining the relationship with my child. I wanted a natural birth. Two days after my due date, I was having...

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Tricky Beginning Mothers' Stories

Devon McDonald, West Malling, Kent, UK Photo: AshLee Wethington Photography   I knew I wanted to breastfeed from the moment I found out I was pregnant, but we had a tricky beginning. When Izzy was born, after a difficult labor ending with an emergency cesarean section under general anesthetic, my husband made sure that no one fed her until I came round and could try to...

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A Roller-Coaster Ride Mothers' Stories

Charisse Ann Dirain-Jain, Cebu City, Philippines   The ups and downs of breastfeeding. I’m a working mama. I analyze client specs and workflows and make magic creating tangible applications for the iPhone. I work from Mondays to Fridays on a regular 9:30am–5pm schedule with a midday break.  I work hard to meet my baby’s needs. And that is not about what money can buy. I...

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The Six-month Milestone Mothers' Stories

Christina Gallo Nizic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  A mother’s reflections on reaching her son’s six-month milestone. Committing to exclusively breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I have ever done. I always thought that instinct would take over and I would just know how to breastfeed. This was not the case. Ten days after the due date for the arrival of my first baby, I...

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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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