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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...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Jennifer Lawrence movies Source Type: news
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Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
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Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Life in a Medical Center - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Health Tips Women's Health fertility Katrina Mark obgyn UMMC Source Type: blogs
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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