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By the time they get around to having baby number three, most mothers can be forgiven for feeling they have parenting pretty much down pat. Sydney graphic designer Martine Vanderspuy confesses that after raising children Kristina and Dan with relative ease, she was totally unprepared for the curve ball that life delivered with the birth of Tom.

“I’d managed to stay on top of motherhood and my work as a graphic designer for magazines and advertising agencies,” she recalls. “But it was a completely different story with Tom. From the outset, he couldn’t feed and he had to be fed through a nasal-gastric tube. Then it emerged that his stomach

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