In September 2015, I was 9 months pregnant with my second child. My husband and I wanted to be surprised with "boy or girl" so we didn't find out. We didn't find out with our first child either. I am young and healthy otherwise and both of my pregnancies progressed very normally and without any concerns. Our first child was born at 37 weeks and was a petite but healthy baby girl we named Ava Grace. Our second child was born at 38 and 4/7 weeks after a traumatic delivery. I had been in labor for the whole week prior with back pain and mild contractions. Then the night of September 16th, my labor progressed. We arrived to the hospital at 10:30 that night and I ended up delivering a large, but healthy baby boy we named Everett Allen, at 1:35 the next morning. Everett had a 3-minute shoulder dystocia, which I had no risk factors for. He basically was stuck in my pelvis due to his broad shoulders and larger size; he weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces (almost 3 pounds larger than what his sister weighed when she was born). We could've lost him. He was not breathing when he was born and had to be intubated, but luckily the tube was removed within the hour after his birth, as he was able to breath on his own. The stress of the delivery caused him to have very low blood sugars in which we had to basically force-feed him formula through an NG tube and by mouth, as my milk hadn't come in yet. He was bruised and swollen but after 2 days in the special care nursery, we were able to bring him home. He suffered a brachial plexus injury which affected the movement of his left arm, but has slowly recovered to almost normal.
I'm running Grandma's Half-Marathon in June with Every Mother Counts...to raise money and awareness for maternal health worldwide! This cause is now near and dear to our hearts and we hope you will support us by donating to this great cause to help us meet our goal!
Every Mother Counts wrote -
EVERY MOTHER COUNTS IS RUNNING THE 2016 GRANDMA'S MARATHON & GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON & WILLIAM IRVIN 5K IN SUPPORT OF MATERNAL HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD. Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that 98% of these deaths can be prevented. We have the tools and the know-how to save these mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, doctors, caregivers and community leaders—if we make it a priority. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. This year, join us in solidarity to run the 2016 Grandma's Marathon & Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon & William Irvin 5K and continue raising awareness about this global tragedy. We've chosen to participate in the race because often distance is the biggest barrier to a woman and her family getting the care they need. We hope to not only increase awareness for the cause but to also make the vital connection for people that so many pregnant women live far from health services around the world and that distance does make a difference. Simply put, we want to run so that others don't have to... And now, we're hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small. When you donate, 100% of your donation goes directly to support maternal health programs on the ground.