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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Harris is a single mother of two children living in Oakland, California, where she was raised.

She was on the fast track to being a partner in a mid-size ad agency when she gave birth to her second child, Sam, and the trajectory of her life changed.

Melissa is now a work-from-home account director for two virtual creative agencies in the Bay Area. In her free time, she drives kids from activities to appointments to playdates, bakes lots of bread, and helps her congresswoman fight for better healthcare for all Americans.

THE BOOK

One Pound, Twelve Ounces: 
A Preemie Mother’s Story of Loss, Hope and Triumph

Available Now!

Melissa Harris's dream of being a mother again shatters when a fertility doctor tells her she may never have another child due to a physical anomaly in her uterus. Determined to persevere, she undergoes nine surgeries and a year of fertility treatments until she finally gets a positive pregnancy test — only to miscarry both twins within the first fifteen weeks. 

When what she's decided will be her last attempt results in her finally becoming pregnant, she's told that this baby, Sam, is also at risk. While lying in a hospital bed for six days, trying to get to the golden standard twenty-four-week gestation mark, Melissa makes a decision — she will give this baby every chance to live, no matter what it takes.

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Where to Buy

Available now from these online retailers.

Where to Buy

Available now from these online retailers.

VIDEO

CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND SAM

"Health care should be above politics. It should be above partisan politics.... Disease does not care who you are. It does not care how much money you have. And it does not care who you voted for. It will come after you just because it's a disease and that's what it can do."

— Melissa Harris
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VIDEO: CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND SAM

"Health care should be above politics. It should be above partisan politics.... Disease does not care who you are. It does not care how much money you have. And it does not care who you voted for. It will come after you just because it's a disease and that's what it can do."

— Melissa Harris
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Connect

PUBLICIST
Jenn Vance
jennifer@booksforward.com
https://booksforward.com/
Follow Melissa Harris on social media at the following links.
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instagram
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twitter
TWITTER

Connect

PUBLICIST
Jenn Vance
jennifer@booksforward.com
https://booksforward.com/
Follow Melissa Harris on social media at the following links.
email
EMAIL
facebook
FACEBOOK
instagram
INSTAGRAM
twitter
TWITTER

Listen & Read

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Some of the most fun I have had getting ready for my book launch has been joining podcasts.

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I would not be much of a writer, if I didn't keep writing. Check back here for the latest from my blog —
or other publications.

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THE Blog

Tales of The Anti-Preemie

Before the book there was the blog. Follow the link to read Melissa's stories of Sam's journey from tiny "Anti-Preemie" to happy & healthy 10+ year old. 

VIDEO

See Us on Sutter Health’s TV Ad

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