After much research, prayer, and discussion with our medical caregivers, we decided to deliver our first baby at home. God provided for my aunt (an experienced midwife) to catch the baby and on April 16, 2010, our son was born surrounded by a few close family members.
Someone asked me later if I planned to deliver all of our babies at home. After thinking about it, I had to say no. Jonathan’s birth was the best I could have imagined and giving birth at home would be ideal, but I don’t know how every pregnancy will go.
When I answered the question, it was only hypothetical.
Now I’m 36 weeks pregnant with our second baby boy. On our first sonogram, a couple of concerns appeared but the doctor didn’t seem alarmed. They could easily be mistaken and they wanted to do another sonogram.
It wasn’t long before we determined that we should deliver at the hospital. Our midwife would still be there – the same midwife who did all our prenatal /postpartum care with Jonathan.
God is good and gracious in everything He does. Sometimes He allows trials to happen suddenly, and He provides grace and comfort through it. I’m glad He allowed us to learn a little bit at a time.
After the many tests and changes (including a 3D sonogram and a fetal MRI), here is some of what we know… Our baby will need immediate medical attention to save his life.
Last month we were transferred to a high risk hospital in Manhattan.
Our second son has an esophageal atrasia and a fistula. Basically, he will need surgery soon after birth, both to prevent him from choking and to enable him to swallow. He will be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at least a few weeks, possibly 2-3 months depending on the severity of the blockage.
We appreciate prayers as we continue to prepare mentally, spiritually and logistically.
Many of our ideals for birth will be impossible this time, but God is still good. He continues to remind us how truly blessed we are here. We’re in a place with some of the best medical care possible for a situation like this. God has provided so much support through friends, family and medical caregivers. .. And we still have a living, active baby inside my womb.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14
*I had considered starting an entirely new blog for this journey, but it seemed appropriate to share here… showing the partnership between natural alternatives/nutritional support and necessary medical intervention.*