I’m Jennifer and this is my story. Modern medicine saves many premature babies, but as I know firsthand, preemies and their parents face a tough road. (We can fight this problem.)
My husband and I were the proud parents of three rambunctious boys, but knew we wanted one more baby to complete our family. We were so happy when we learned that I was pregnant.
The excitement of a new baby was quickly overshadowed by fear when I thought I miscarried at eight weeks. Fortunately, I hadn’t, but we did learn that this would be a very high risk pregnancy. Again at fourteen weeks I had another scare, and the doctors told me that I would probably lose the baby.
At twenty five weeks, I experienced another episode, and again, thought I would miscarry. I was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital (GMH) where my doctor told me that I would have to deliver our baby early.
My physicians at Piedmont OB-GYN working with the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists at the Greenville Health System were such a blessing. The physicians worked together to make sure my baby and I received the best care available.
Dr. Laffitte delivered our daughter, Carson, at twenty seven weeks--she weighed only 1lb. 1oz. She is truly a miracle.
Carson stayed in the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at GHS Children’s Hospital for ninety five days. She continued to grow stronger and finally achieved all of the milestones required for us to bring her home on June 2 (only a few days after my original due date). Carson was 4 lbs. and still on oxygen.
Today, Carson is happy, healthy and full of energy. We will be celebrating her 3rd birthday this February, 2009. Carson has a great vocabulary and even keeps up with her three older brothers.
Our physicians at Piedmont OB-GYN, Dr. Laffitte and the staff at GMH helped us through the toughest time of our lives. We know we are very blessed. If it hadn’t been for them, our story might have been different.