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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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Breastfeeding: A Leap of Faith Mothers' Stories

Alexandra O’Leary, Sittingbourne, Kent, UK   Alexandra had a difficult start to breastfeeding and had to make a leap of faith. My waters broke early at 36 weeks and six days. Sixty hours later my little girl, Jemima, was born following induction via mid-forceps [an obstetric operation in which forceps are applied to the baby’s head when it has reached the midplane of the mother’s pelvis]. I’d...

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Jaundice & the Breastfed Baby Features

Updated February 2016 Photo: JVC Photography   During the first week following birth more than half of all newborns become jaundiced. In most cases, this is a normal part of adjusting to life outside the womb. Jaundice may infrequently be a sign of more serious health problems and is more prevalent in premature babies. What is jaundice? Most babies are born with more red blood cells...

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