created at: 2011-05-03Reposted with permission from CJP

Minutes after Nicole Spiewak gave birth to her second child, Noah, the baby was whisked away to the NICU at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Nicole and husband Dan received the startling news that part of Noah’s esophagus was missing and his stomach was connected to his trachea instead of his esophagus, a birth defect called EA/TEF. Immediate surgery was required, and Noah was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Boston just four hours after being born.

“We were blindsided,” says Nicole, a psychotherapist turned stay-at-home mom.

As a mental health professional, without family nearby for support, she knew she needed to reach out for help. A social worker at Children’s connected Nicole with Visiting Moms®, a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service that provides consistent support and companionship to new moms, regardless of faith or background.

CJP provides funding for the Visiting Moms® program—one of the many ways CJP helps members of the Jewish community and others in need.

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Photo Credit: Doug Owens