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Outpatient lactation services receiving support from TMC Mega Raffle

Little Kailey Nowak decided to enter the world five weeks ahead of her due date. Her mom, Kelly, experienced difficulties with breastfeeding almost immediately. “She wouldn’t latch on, or if she did, it would only be for a few seconds,” she said. “It was awful. I cried every single day for six weeks as I pumped and fed my baby through a bottle. My plan was to breastfeed, and when I couldn’t, it truly felt like I was failing as a mother. People were

The family lives in Sierra Vista and with few lactation support services available there, Nowak’s pediatrician suggested she seek expert advice from the lactation specialists at TMC, where she had previously rented her hospital-grade breast pump. “I didn’t know what to expect, but the lactation specialists solved my problems and had Kailey successfully breastfeeding just two minutes into my session. It was the most magical moment of being a mom. I finally felt like I was doing a good job for her, and I wish I would have pursued this help sooner.”

The Mega Raffle provides funding for new moms to visit the outpatient breastfeeding clinic even if the service is not covered by their insurance or if they cannot otherwise afford it.




This is the fifth of our six-part series of blogs that show how the TMC Mega Raffle is making a difference for patients and the community.


Tara’s Birth Story

This story is part of a series of birth stories on TucsonMama that was sponsored by Tucson Medical Center.

“When I was about four months pregnant, my husband of five years left me and my young son. I always believed he would return, but he didn’t.

I had a great support system, including other girlfriends who were also pregnant. At first, I didn’t gain the necessary weight so the doctor was concerned. After a visit by my father, always my best friend, from Florida, his presence gave me the jolt I needed and things began to improve. During this time, I did have a part-time job and my little boy was in day care. Eventually, Dad flew back to Florida and I was once again on my own.

When I was 37 weeks along, my water broke in the wee morning hours. I knew I had to get to the hospital fairly soon, so after the arrangements were made for my son’s care, I headed to TMC. I was barely dilated, so I walked around a lot anticipating and hoping for a fast dilation to kick in. It didn’t. I had taken the Bradley childbirth course and was trying to focus on breathing and concentrating on pretty pictures. However, I only dilated to a 5, at most. Then they told me if I didn’t dilate by noon, I would have to be induced. I had always heard that a pit-drip (pitocin) would make the contractions harder, so I wanted no part of that! For some reason, I soon became fully dilated and they proceeded with an epidural. The fetal monitor indicated a fast heartbeat, so I was pretty sure it would be a girl being informed that a girl’s heartbeat is usually faster than a boy’s heartbeat.

My first childbirth was wonderful and comfortable with the epidural, but this one seemed different. It didn’t work. It was painful and I pushed for what seemed to be a long time (it was about an hour) and finally her head and shoulders were out! The doctor then told me to pull her out and complete the birth. I said “no way am I going to do that”, as he folded his arms and said, “Well, neither am I”.”

Find out what happens next here.

The story of Tara’s birth is part of a series on TucsonMama and was sponsored by Tucson Medical Center as part of our commitment to maternal and family health, and in an effort to build and maintain a strong and supportive community. Not all the births featured in this series take place at TMC, or even in a hospital. If you would like to share your birth story please contact TMCforWomen at gmail dot com.