In September 2015, my wife was 9 months pregnant with our second child. We wanted to be surprised with "boy or girl" so we didn't find out. We didn't find out with our first child either. My wife is young and healthy otherwise and both of her 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. My wife had been in labor for the whole week prior with back pain and mild contractions. Then the night of September 16th, my wife's labor progressed. We arrived to the hospital at 10:30 that night and she ended up delivering a large, but healthy baby boy we named Everett Allen, at 1:35 the next morning. Everett had what the medical community calls, "a 3-minute shoulder dystocia." He basically was stuck in my wife's 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 which we had to give him formula for, something my wife struggled with as she is a firm believer in breastfeeding. He was bruised and swollen but after 2 days in the special care nursery, we were able to bring him home. What a relief! Both my wife and I work for one of the top medical centers in the world, where medical specialists and experts of every field are at your fingertips, but even this couldn't have even prepared us for this experience. That's why we chose to run with Every Mother Counts...to raise money and awareness for maternal health worldwide! We are thankful for every day we now have with Everett, and his big sister Ava. Please support this great cause and donate to help us meet our goal!
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