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Childbirth Almost Killed Me- My HELLP Story

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that begins around 20 weeks into a mother’s pregnancy when the mother develops high blood pressure. Preeclampsia’s mean, ugly sister is HELLP syndrome.  HELLP stands for H- hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells) EL- elevated liver enzymes (liver function) LP- low platelets counts. I am sure you are thinking, “I’ve never […]

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6 Ways to Prepare for a Successful VBAC

My first child was welcomed into the world under bright lights and surgical masks. My memory of her is vague: I remember hearing her first cry. I remember my husband, with tears in his eyes, exclaiming, “She’s beautiful.” After she was born, my memory went black. “Failure to Progress” was my diagnosis after 23 hours of […]

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Learning to Live After The Loss of A Baby

Learning to live… learning is described as, ‘Knowledge acquired through experience, study, or being taught.’ Unfortunately in the case of losing a baby our knowledge is gained through experience. Experiencing every mother’s worst nightmare. When it happened to me, it was not even in the realm of possibilities and utterly shattered my soul. My brain […]

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5 Things I Learned From April the Giraffe

Saturday morning, I had two friends text me the exciting news: “April’s having her baby!” and “It’s happening!” You might think April is a friend of mine or at least an acquaintance. No, April is a giraffe, and because this is 2017, pregnant giraffes in New York on live stream cameras can achieve worldwide fame […]

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The Power of a Story {OKC Community Spotlight}

Marcia was just like all of us, excited to have her first child, until she received the news of complications.  Her daughter in utero , was diagnosed with Down syndrome and hydrocephalus. She was told her daughter would most likely, not survive.  Marcia didn’t care what doctors said, she was planning and looking forward to […]

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