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How Babywearing in the NICU Changed My Life

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

During the twin's hospitalization, my husband Noah and I received beautiful, generous gifts, one of which changed our family's life: the skill of babywearing.

How We're Celebrating Our Twins' Third Birthday When One of Our Birthday Boys Is No Longer Here

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I own the heartache of Micah. I celebrate Micah, speak his name, and share his story in ways that bring me peace. I love that I can now confidently and calmly say: It is Micah and Zachary's birthday.

The Cost Of Not Supporting Breastfeeding May Be Millions, Study Says

Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

(Reuters Health) - If more women breastfed their babies for at least four months after birth, the healthcare cost savings could be significant, not to...

There's No Strong like Preemie Strong

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

What is it like to be a preemie? What is it like to be alone in a plastic box for days, weeks or even months, when developmentally, you're still supposed to be engulfed in your mother's warmth? What is it like to be forced to breathe, eat and live when your body is not physically ready?

When Breast Milk Doesn't Come From Breasts

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Micah and Zachary needed my milk and my presence. I would not sacrifice either to make anyone, including myself, comfortable. Feeding tubes and bottles are not how I planned to nourish my babies, but the important thing is that they received my milk and all of my love.

10 Things Parents Of Preemies Need To Know From Day One In The NICU

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Do not let anyone intimidate or shame you for being your baby's advocate. You are not annoying. You are not stupid. You are not going to jeopardize your baby's care. Your baby needs you to speak up for him/her, respectfully.

When Mother's Milk Was All I Had to Give

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

The one way I could nurture my fragile babies was by giving them my milk. Making milk was my one source of empowerment, when all of my motherly duties and responsibilities were taken away and given to clinicians.

What I Really Want To Say When You Ask Why My Son's Hair Is Long

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Before you judge the mother of a little boy with long hair, take a step back and consider the bigger picture. What has this family been through? What has this little boy been through?

Blood Donors and Breast Milk Donors: Lifesavers

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

The literature demonstrates that the safest, healthiest option for premature and vulnerable infants is an exclusive human-milk diet. Our fragile infants cannot wait around for more evidence, they need human milk now.

What Brings Me Peace After The Loss Of My Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I am blessed for the richness that Micah has forever added to my life. Giving back to other families is one of the best ways for me to stay close to Micah.

What My Baby's Scars Have Taught Me

Dr. Karin Luise | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin Luise

There was a host of natural light in the playroom, which brought the ripples of scar tissue into clearer view, making the white lines more prominent. Seeing how imperfectly straight they were, I could envision the surgeon's hand making meticulous cuts on his tiny, 4 lb. body,