My Friend Fed My Daughter When She Couldn't Feed Hers

I still remember the day my friend Sarah asked me, timidly, if I would like to have her breastmilk for my daughter. Her expressions, body language, and voice all told me that this was something she had thought about for a long time and that it was a big brave thing for her to ask me. And I remember feeling the weight of deep sadness and enormous gratitude all at once. You see, Sarah wasn't going to be able to use her breastmilk because the baby girl she was carrying wasn't expected to live very long after birth. It was July, and we had just sent in all the paperwork to adopt our daughter Arsema a few weeks earlier. As we waited for our dates to travel to Ethiopia, I began nesting. This particular morning I was replacing the floor in our master bathroom while I waited for Sarah's text. She was going in for her 20-week ultrasound and I was secretly hoping for the news to come back that she was having a girl. I was dreaming about our daughters being great friends, just like their big brothers are. The text came... girl... but there were complications. Within the next several hours we knew that the baby girl Sarah was carrying would not be able to live outside of the womb. I prepared my nursery for the homecoming of my daughter and Sarah planned a funeral. We spent a lot of mornings together crying and talking and even laughing at times. She threw me a baby shower and gave me two blankets out of a packet of four... the other two would be wrapped around her daughter after she w...
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Many infertile patients get major heartburn when they realize that they aren't able to afford test tube baby treatments because they are so expensive. They can't understand why IVF doctors charge so much, and lots of patients end up thinking of IVF clinics as being greedy.Patients need to understand that part of test tube baby treatment is clinical – and this is what the patient sees. This includes: consultations, blood tests, ultrasound scans, egg collection, and embryo transfer.However, the heart of the IVF treatment is the IVF laboratory, and the patient doesn ’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes in ...
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Recurrent pregnancy loss ( repeated miscarriages or habitual abortions) is one of the most frustrating problems in medicine. It is hard for patients , because getting pregnant , and then losing the baby again and again is traumatic. It's bad for doctors, because patients have so many questions , and we don't have any answers ! The truth is that our tests are not very good, and there is little we can do to make n accurate a diagnosis. This is why, in about 80% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss , inspite of extensive testing, we will not be able to find an underlying cause.Based on experience over many years, the one...
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