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Birth Stories: My Gentle Cesarean

Lacee Cooksey Exactly one week after a failed external cephalic version (ECV) procedure*, I arrived at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, for a scheduled cesarean at 39 weeks pregnant. This was my first pregnancy, and… Read More

Born Unable To Swallow: My Journey To Breastfeeding My Son

Jennifer Clevenger, Scio, Oregon Bodhi is my fourth baby. I was young when I had my first baby. I nursed him for a little over a week, but with little to no help I switched to formula. My… Read More

Easing the Distress of Major Surgery: Part II

Shannon Gill, Denver, Colorado Originally published in Close to the Heart (LLL Asia & Middle East’s periodical magazine) Vol 17, No. 1. Editor’s Note: Part I of Shannon and Hunter’s story was published on the New Beginnings blog on July… Read More

Easing the Distress of Major Surgery: Part I

Shannon Gill, Denver, Colorado Originally published in Close to the Heart (LLL Asia & Middle East’s periodical magazine) Vol 17, No. 1. Last July, my husband and I were dreading the 7,000-mile flight with our 17-month-old son from Hong Kong… Read More

Gratitude

Kristen Witucki Birth was over. I held my son on the hard bed in Labor and Delivery, buoyed by very soft pillows that offered as much support as a rapidly deflating balloon. Someone—maybe a nurse or maybe one… Read More

Audrey’s Story: “My Breasts Work Just Fine At 40”

Audrey Grimaldi, Long Island, New York. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I looked around the room wondering, “Am I the oldest one in here? Are we the oldest couple here?” I didn’t really feel out… Read More

Looking Back: Blessing in Disguise

Barbara McCann, Pocono Mt. group From the “…and in Pennsylvania-Delaware the News is…” insert in the May/June 1974 issue of La Leche League News. Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in… Read More

My NICU Experience

Renee Mammone, Newington, Connecticut I had hoped to have an all-natural water birth, but that’s not what happened. At 31 ½ weeks, I went to my obstetrician for a routine appointment, and my blood pressure was extremely high…. Read More

Looking Back: Less Than Ideal

Sharon Santucci, California Originally published in the March/April 1983 La Leche League News. Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to be… Read More

Looking Back: A Problem Resolved

Mrs. Marvin P. Dixon, Liberty, Missouri Originally published in the January/February 1970 La Leche League News. Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in… Read More