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Yes, Another Story on How Parental Leave is Broken -- The Preemie Perspective

I was in my last year of grad school when I gave birth to my son. My plan all along was to write my thesis while on maternity leave (and yes, I know that sounds crazy, but I’m not one to make it easy on myself). 1,275 more words



My baby came early and in a way I did not expect nor was I prepared for. It was not the birth I wanted. It was the furthest thing from it! 1,200 more words

Steven’s Incredible Journey Begins with 140-Day NICU Stay

Megan Lefevre’s first pregnancy was a difficult one. She threw up about three times a day and lost 12 pounds in the process. But the difficulties she endured during her pregnancy did not prepare her or her husband, Paul, for the challenges that lay ahead when their son, Steven, was born prematurely at 27 weeks on Oct. 569 more words

Grief Is. . .

“Grief is just love with no place to go.”

This definition by Jamie Anderson feels true but not entirely true, because grief is often mingled with other things. 814 more words

A Mother's Journey to Love Her Child

I never wanted to be a mother.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against children.  In fact, I chose a career that was devoted to children.  1,198 more words


"Effanineffable 1: The Brain" #MondayMemoirs

This was one of my very first actual posts in my history of personal blogging. That was way back the Multiply platform days. But time sure does fly! 101 more words

Personal Space

One more reason to focus on prenatal care – stronger muscles for newborn babies

Born too soon, she weighed just over 1 pound at birth and spent the first three months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit, fighting to live. 979 more words