A final update on the post, "The Cycle Continues". In this sad race the baby arrived in this world four hours before the young woman left it. The baby was delivered in a room only with the mother, a two nurses, a pediatrician, a resident, and myself present. The young woman may have not felt loved in life, but she was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death.
This morning when I rounded on the new mother I asked her if she planned to breastfeed as is my custom. Her response, "Oh, no. I smoke cigarettes and I don't want my baby to be exposed to any of the nicotine through the breast milk." How considerate.