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 […]

My Little Lion

By Jessica C. Our son was two and we were ready to add on to our family. I became pregnant after our first try and we were very excited. I was a little nervous about my “advanced age” as I was 36 going on 37, but otherwise I felt good. We told our son about the baby, and asked him whether he thought it was a boy or a girl. He told us it was a lion. Later we learned our baby was another boy and our son’s prediction didn’t falter—our baby was a boy lion. We’d passed all the chromosomal tests for my “advanced age” and appeared to be in the clear. Once the first trimester […]

My Angel Tamera

By Jenny I found out I was pregnant just a few days after Christmas. I was excited but a little nervous about becoming a mom again. My happiness was to last only a few days. I did everything I was supposed to, but on New Year’s day I started bleeding. I bled so much that I thought I’d miscarried and so did my doctor. I grieved, but felt I could deal with it because it was so early on in the pregnancy. They had me come in to check my HGC levels just to make sure they were coming down. I didn’t get a call with […]

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) […]

We Would Have Named Her Samantha

By V. J. When I was pregnant with my second child everything seemed to be going great. I went to my monthly prenatal check ups, had my first ultrasound, had blood work done and took all of the usual prenatal care precautions. If it was a girl, we were going to name her Samantha. Then I got a call about the results of my sequential screen. It put our chance of the baby having Down syndrome at 1 out of 26, and Spina Bifida at 1 out of 4. We saw a genetic counselor and she advised us to have an amniocentesis test, and get another ultrasound at […]