Our Sweet Simon

By Michele I found out I was pregnant with my third child in May 2016. I have always wanted a big family so this was great news. My kids (4 and 9 years old) were very excited. My son wanted a brother and my daughter wanted a sister, of course. My son talked about showing him all kinds of “boy” things. My daughter talked about helping take care of the baby, even helping change diapers. This pregnancy was different from the others—which is normal—but I kept feeling like something wasn’t right. I had some spotting off and on. I also had fevers every day during the […]

No Telling How Severe

Anonymous I just had an abortion at four months gestation. My pregnancy was a big surprise, and I was almost as surprised by my own reaction to it. I had been petrified of motherhood. How could I ever be a good enough mother? Eventually I overcame my fears and ambivalence. I started really looking forward to having this child, and making all kinds of plans. The doctor’s office called to say that my blood screen results indicated a problem. I thought maybe that meant I had diabetes or high blood pressure. Nope. It turned out the screening test assessed my child as being at a high risk for […]

A Rainy Saturday

A Grieving Mother It is hard to know where I should begin to express to others the story of what happened to us. Particularly when it is linked to an ending which was far from the ending that we had dreamed of, and to be honest, expected. A life and a death—all nestled in my protective womb. This is something no one can truly understand until they face it themselves. I just hope that those of us who have had to climb the sheer cliff face of this particular choice can find some peace and rest at the top of it. Not that it is something […]

What are Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV)?

Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) is a congenital defect affecting only male fetuses at a rate of about 1 in 8,000. It involves extra “flaps” of tissue on the urethra that obstruct the bladder. Effects can range from minimal to incompatible with life depending on the severity of the defect. PUV requires long-term management beginning in infancy to prevent deterioration of urinary tracts and bladder dysfunction. Severe cases detected prenatally may involve a fetus that is small for gestational age and lack of amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios which may cause other serious developmental problems.   For more information on Posterior Urethral Valves, visit: Emedicine – Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) […]