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Talia - baby Noya

May 18, 2020 • By Be'ad Chaim

Noya blessed her parents with her birth on March 4, 2020. She weighed 3.5 kg and is being nursed several times a day. Only in the morning and at night does she get baby formula. During the delivery, Talia had to push a lot and with the epidural and other meds she received, her milk supply didn't come in soon enough. Talia is doing what she can to give Noya her own milk but once you start on formula, it is hard to wean the baby back to breast milk only.

Noya is a sweet little girl when she's awake but when it's time for everyone else in the household to sleep, she stays awake and doesn't give anyone a peaceful night. Not yet! Noya "completes" her family: 1 boy and 1 girl. Her little brother sees her right now as a new toy, and Talia is prepared for some jealousy on his part down the road.

 Talia came from Ethiopia via the Sinai desert almost 7 years ago. She met a man and got pregnant with her first child. When he was 8 months old, they decided to get married. The baby was barely a year old when she came to Be'ad Chaim very distraught, thinking she might be pregnant again. She had no idea about her cycle and had no idea how pregnant she might be, although it was assumed she was only at the beginning. It turned out that she was already 4 months along. She was afraid to tell her husband because he was not keen on another mouth to feed. She waited until it was too late for him to force her to abort and then told him. He actually accepted the new situation! Talia had worked as a cleaner at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem when she had gotten pregnant with her first child, but had gotten fired because she was absent too much. She fought this illegal action and not only got her job back, but also became entitled to medical insurance. After her first child was born, she eventually went back to work, but them left it when Noya's due date approached. Talia's husband works at stocking shelves at a supermarket. When many people in Israel have become unemployed during this time of the Coronavirus, he feels very blessed to have been able to keep his job. (Any work having to do with food supply is considered "essential work".)

 Talia is always thankful for the encouragement and the monthly support, every time she comes to the office, and asked that her donor know how grateful she is.