I was 26 weeks into my second pregnancy with twin girls. Two weeks earlier I had an ultrasound where the doctor expressed concern that one baby had started to taper off in weight from the other.
I was sent to OU for a round of steroid shots and observation. I checked into the hospital at 27 weeks gestation.
At 4 a.m. that first night, the nurse came in and asked why I had not requested pain medication for my contractions. Conractions! I had no idea but I had gone into full labor over the night and was dilated to a “4.”
She explained they would be giving me a medication to try to stop the contractions. I spent the next five weeks on complete bed rest. I prayed every night that God would give me the physical and mental strength to make it another day.
The problem was with the cord flow to baby B, the flow of fluid to the second baby slowed or completely cut off. At 33 weeks, the flow had become completely shut down. We were scheduled for C-section that day. By 2:50 that afternoon we were the parents of twin girls – Kaitlyn Marie who weighed 3 pounds 13 ounces and Maggie Grace weighed 2 pounds 8 ounces.
The teams of nurses and doctors were completely silent as they were delivered; there were no cries. My heart sank and I could tell by the look on my husband’s face, things were not magically going to be OK. I could hear the sound of respirators and a few whispers.
Moments later I heard the first sound of life and then another. They presented Kaitlyn to us. We weren’t able to hold her but we got a few minutes to look at her before they sent her to the NICU. It took much longer for us to see Maggie. We got a quick glance and she was rushed upstairs in a much more urgent manner.
When I finally was taken to the NICU, I was faced with the smallest babies I had ever seen. They each had IV’s with several bags and syringes flowing into them. Maggie was one of the smallest babies they tried to feed from a bottle and she took to it like a champ.
When the girls came home, Maggie was just over 4 pounds and Kaitlyn had just reached 5. Today, four years later, they are healthy, active little girls. If not for the advance in medical science, these girls wouldn’t have had a chance.
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We give the glory to God for our children, but we know if not for the research and advances in medication made possible, in part, by March of Dimes, we would not have the healthy children we have today.