August 2010

Mother Brings Newborn Back From Dead

When I was a young pregnant mother-to-be, I’d never even heard of “kangaroo care.” Sure, I’d planned on cuddling my baby once she was born, and looked forward to breastfeeding and bonding with her. But when she was born early—at just over 25 week’s gestation—everything changed.

During the first two weeks, I could not touch her aside from stroking her tiny, see-through arm softly through the incubator. This ultimately broke my heart more than so much else did at the time—not being able to touch her, to be connected with her, as we’d been for months (for a lifetime, if you count her status as an egg in my body!).

Help End Obstetric Fistula

 I never knew what obstetric fistula was until The Breast Cancer Site started to run a campaign to help women with this terrifying condition. In fact, I’d never heard of the disease, period. Obstetric fistula, for anyone else who is unfamiliar with the condition, is the development of a fistula, or hole, between the rectum and vagina or the bladder and the vagina. It can happen after a woman undergoes a very hard childbirth. Poorly orchestrated abortions, female genital mutilation, and pelvic fractures may also cause the condition.

Ending Breastfeading

There will come a day when it is time to stop breastfeeding your little one. For some it comes sooner than expected and this can be for many reasons. A lot of babies begin to wean themselves the closer they get to the one year mark whether you are ready to stop or not as mine has decided to do. When you stop breastfeeding it can cause some discomfort but there are several ways and techniques to use to make the process less uncomfortable for your body. Sore, firm breasts that can severely hurt to the touch are not necessary.