Today I want to share with you an amazing story of one of my favorite mid-wives that I work with here in the Houston area. After several miscarriages and years of waiting for another baby, this super sweet family started their IVF journey in May 2017.
These are just some of the steps she had to take to bring this little miracle rainbow baby into the world.
34 weeks, 3 days of praying for her to stay safe in her mother’s womb. From egg retrieval to waiting, from waiting to hearing the incredible news that she was pregnant, via IVF!
Lovenox until 31 weeks to keep her from miscarrying, Progesterone until 17 weeks to maintain the pregnancy and then Makena from 17 weeks until delivery, to keep her inside as long as possible. Infertility is real...
I know this momma would tell you the countless injections, preterm contractions and numerous hospital visits were so worth bringing this little miracle earth side.
While I’ve never been through the IVF journey I’ve heard it is filled with many challenges, preparing to commence IVF, that it can be daunting as well but in the end the miracle that arrives is so worth every part of it.
What have you done to take care of yourself ?
Having lost so many babies since having my 8 year old, it has been important through my pregnancy and these early postpartum weeks that I do what I can to keep anxiety in check. Self care for me has been getting rest when I can, getting fresh air, taking supplements, and eating clean.
Most surprising thing about a newborn? Any fears, things that you are anxious about? There have been a few things that have surprised me about our rainbow baby. One thing is what a great sleeper she is compared to my other babies. That’s been incredible. Another thing is how much more I appreciate every moment. After dealing with so many miscarriages and secondary infertility, I want to soak in every second of every day. I don’t want to put her down. I want to keep her close and bottle up these moments because I never thought I would have these moments again.
The mom also wrote a blog post on her mid-wifery site that she would love if we could reference it to see the whole birth story from her point of view.
Photos: Lifetime of Clicks Photography