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Losing a Pregnancy, Finding Community

Losing a Pregnancy, Finding Community

I suffered my first miscarriage in silence because I followed the rules. I didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant, because you weren’t supposed to announce a pregnancy until you were past your first trimester. That was the rule. The theory was that you didn’t want to have to tell everyone you had a miscarriage, if(…)

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Caring for High-Risk Pregnancies

Caring for High-Risk Pregnancies

The care and treatment of women whose pregnancies are considered high risk is a medical specialty not available in many communities. In fact, the service is usually only found in large university connected hospitals. In Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley we’re fortunate to have Dr. Margaret Carter, the only full time Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist(…)

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The Great Diaper Drive 2013

The Great Diaper Drive 2013

A Need Last month a study about diaper need and its effects on maternal stress as well as child health and development was published by Pediatrics, a prominent medical journal. It revealed that almost 30% of American women reported having struggled with the expense of diapers and a shocking 8% admitted to letting their child(…)

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Locks of Love, or, Go Forth and Chop!

Locks of Love, or, Go Forth and Chop!

A few years ago, as a Midwestern native, I was struggling to adjust to summer in Alabama. The heat & humidity were enough to make me crazy, and to top it off I had an 8-month-old baby whose new favorite game was practicing his future gym class rope climb on my ponytail. I had never(…)

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Melissa’s Fund: A Story of Healing, Helping, and Hope

Melissa’s Fund: A Story of Healing, Helping, and Hope

As we walked into the grocery store recently, my daughter asked, “How small was I when I was born?” Knowing that pounds and inches mean nothing to an 8-year-old, my husband said, “You were so small, my wedding band fit around your arm.” Ann Catherine’s eyes darted from Chris’ wedding band secured snugly on his(…)

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