Meet Emily and baby Clara
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our MMC Donor-Members, we've been able to collect enough Pay It Forward donor milk to provide baby Clara with her own special supply. Read Emily's story below and learn how our Pay It Forward program impacted their lives!
Read moreMy baby was born one month early and in the NICU for a full week. My daughter, Clara, was only four and half pounds and had to be in an incubator. This was a stressful time for both of us. I wanted to do everything that I could possibly do to help my daughter thrive. I knew about the importance of breast milk and how it can provide a baby with essential nutrients, especially a baby born prematurely. So, I was elated when I was able to get things set up with the Mothers Milk Cooperative.
As a single parent with only one income, I knew that I could not afford donor breast milk. I am so grateful for the "Pay It Forward" program. My daughter is doing wonderfully. She had a lot of reflux issues and discomfort and since she has had the breast milk, she is so much better. Also, she gained weight rapidly. She is now five months and over 14 pounds already! She sleeps through the night, and everyone is always commenting on her peaceful and happy nature. She is thriving and healthy! I feel so blessed.
Meet Stephanie and baby Uriah
Thanks to the amazing contributions from our MMC Donor-Members, donations to our Pay It Forward program have allowed for Mother's Milk Cooperative to provide a personal supply of Co-op donor milk to baby Uriah! Here, Stephanie shares her story of delivering her tiny fighter and the impact the Pay It Forward program has made in their lives.
I was told when I was 18 and 25 I would never have children due to my ovaries being covered in cysts. Two different doctors wanted to remove them and told me I had no chance in getting pregnant. Fortunately I listened to my gut and held out hope for the future. I married my husband with full disclosure of the possibility of never having children.
My husband understood and never doubted that I wouldn't get pregnant. So in October 2013 when I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I immediately thought it was wrong and it was completely false. So what's a girl to do? Go to the nearest drug store and buy at least 6 different pregnancy tests. One after the next all read positive. I was in total shock.
Wow, could it be that what I wanted so bad all my life is finally happening? I am going to be a mom? I think my husband and I couldn't wipe our smiles off our faces. I don't think we could have been happier if we won the lottery.
Our first appointment came with a confirmation ultrasound. It seemed like my first appointment was scheduled for 5 years away. I barely had any morning sickness and felt great. Then around 10 weeks I started to bleed and thought I must have lost the baby. I called my doctors office and got an appointment the next day.