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Support for Melissa’s Journey

AHN’s Jefferson Hospital Is First in Western PA to Earn Keystone 10 Designation for Breastfeeding Support Melissa Medsger could just picture it: A little more than a month from now, she’d be holding her newborn twins, Amelia and Elijah. And she’d begin breastfeeding them within minutes of their birth. Melissa had rehearsed that day in […]

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Life After Premies

We survived. Born two whole months early and just over four pounds, we made it through to the other side of parenting. Now I don’t worry about their fragility. I worry about them jumping on each other’s head, tearing pictures off the wall, and climbing onto anything they set their mind to. Our 32-week premature […]

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Luda’s Story

Despite Complications, Mother Still Able to Have Natural Childbirth with AHN Midwives at Jefferson Hospital Despite Complications, Mother Still Able to Have Natural Childbirth with AHN Midwives at Jefferson Hospital This was one of Luda Sheyko’s happiest life moments. She had just delivered her baby daughter, Veronica, naturally. It was Wednesday, April 18, 2018. About […]

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Ashlyn’s Story: A Dream Realized Because of Care Beyond Compare

Russell Wessel is a miracle baby. That’s what his parents, Ashlyn Wessel and Alex Sinclair, believe. And they credit the doctors and nurses at  Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Jefferson Hospital for Russell’s safe arrival. That’s where he was born October 8 — healthy but blissfully unaware that he’d just played a lead role in an amazing family […]

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A Decade of Loss

This almost didn’t get written. It seems so long ago… I struggled to feel if I still have a voice here. My younger two, through no fault of anyone but myself, don’t really know about Carter. It’s complicated, so many facets to telling them our story that is part of our family but happened before […]

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