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said perfectly... (x-posted)

Postby mamalynn » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:36 pm

"Perhaps the only way to begin to thank those who have gone before us is to give something to those who come after us."----Pamela J. Baker

i read this and immediately thought of the women on this and many of the boards here on TWW.
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Postby PixieB » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:21 pm

I love the 'pay it forward' concept, and with parents in stress and crisis over their child's health it really is one of the greatest gifts.

I got really helpful advice from other NICU mums whilst chatting in the expressing room, their confidence with their journey gave me confidence, their familiarity with the trials we endured gave me strength and companionship. So I endeavoured to pass on that same help to others who came after me when I'd been around the NICU long enough to have fully found my feet. The most rewarding for me was passing on useful tricks with the pump or with those early breastfeeding latches. Seeing other mums finding success where they were previously frustrated really warms the heart.

I think our ability to share our experiences and support others treading the same or similar paths is something that really strengthens a sense of community and empowerment, as suddenly we're all capable parents, and not alone in our struggles.
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