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Patrick was born full term at 39 weeks after a healthy pregnancy. During his birth, the cord wrapped around his head and neck, and sent him into distress due to lack of oxygen. He inhaled meconium and was delivered unresponsive. He was quickly resuscitated and placed on a ventilator. Due to the lack of oxygen during birth, he was diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).



My daughter Colette was born January 20, 2016 at 38 weeks, full-term. I have Lupus and was monitored very closely throughout my pregnancy. Ultrasounds went well and as far as we knew, she was healthy so I had never even considered a NICU stay.



Brynlee was born May 9th, 2016 with coarctation of the aorta (narrowing of the aorta). Within hours of birth, she was transported from Wausau, WI to American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI for surgery. She was born on a Monday, and I had a c-section, it was that Friday before I was released from the hospital and was able to make the trip to Madison to be with her.


Cora & Quinn

Cora and Quinn were born January 24, 2017. They arrived at 37 weeks, the suggested time for identical twins. The girls were born at 5 pounds 7 ounces and 5 pounds 12 ounces. Their labor and delivery were difficult and they were taken to the NICU in case of a possible infection. The girls were given an antibiotic as a precaution.



Colin was conceived through IVF after it was determined to be our best chance for success.
After an evening of Braxton Hicks, my water broke around midnight and he was born by 8:30am! Since he was born at 36w5d, he had to stay in the NICU overnight.
He then had difficulty breathing and once x-rays were taken, it was determined he had double lung pneumonia.


Tiberious & Adalind

My twins Tiberious and Adalind were born July 8th, 2020, at 35 weeks. I was having extreme pain in my back, and I felt like my body was going numb every few minutes, so my husband brought me to the hospital. My doctor told me I was in labor and dilatating quickly. My daughter Adalind was in breech position, so we went forward with a C-section.



Richie was the first of my three premature babies. My pregnancy was pretty normal after suffering two miscarriages before finally conceiving him. At my 24-week routine ultrasound, the tech found that my crevice was shortening. I was sent to triage and was eventually set home after receiving the steroid shot for his lung development. My OB put me on modified bedrest, but with my oldest in school full time I was able to really do very little to keep him cooking as long as I could.



At my 34-week check-up with my first son, my blood pressure was elevated. My doctor asked me to take my blood pressure at home that night and the next morning and call them to let them know what it was. When I took my BP the next morning, it was 180/105. Needless to say, they asked me to come into the office that morning. They ended up sending me to the hospital for quicker blood test results and was, even to my OB's extreme surprise considering my lack of symptoms, diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, the most severe form of pre-eclampsia.



On November 14th, 2018 my husband and I went for what we thought would be a normal OB appointment. We had just gotten married over the past weekend and were planning to meet friends for dinner that night. The medical assistant took my blood pressure and I immediately saw the look of concern. She asked if I was nervous when I replied no, she said she would come back to check again. The doctor came in and my blood pressure continued to rise. I was already on blood pressure medication prior to pregnancy, but throughout my 1st and 2nd trimesters, my blood pressure had been better than ever.


Phoebe & Alexander

In 1996 I (Abba) met my future husband (Daddy) as part of a summer youth orchestra that traveled. Neither of us knew it at the time, but nonetheless we had a great friendship. 8 years later, in 2004, we start dating and soon moved in together. We called it official in 2005. We bought a house, got a dog to merge with my three prior cats and bam: we had a fur family.



After having our daughter at 26 weeks in 2014, we waited two years before trying to get pregnant again. We knew the chance of having another preemie was relatively high, but we wanted to give our daughter a sibling. We hoped that Makena injections and frequent monitoring would help us to carry our next baby to term. After a miscarriage early on, we struggled to conceive, and eventually enlisted the help of a reproductive endocrinologist.



Our journey began in 2017 when I found out we were pregnant with our second child. My first pregnancy and delivery were completely normal, and I gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 41 weeks. Naturally, we assumed our second pregnancy would go just as smoothly. However at our 12-week ultrasound, we discovered that I had complete placenta previa, a condition where the placenta completely covers the birth canal. I was reassured that the placenta would most likely move upward as the baby grew, but this was not the case.


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