On April 14, 1996, my husband and I, along with our two daughters, experienced the devastating stillbirth of our beautiful baby girl,Lace Ananda, at 38 weeks. This loss proved itself a storm from which we have finally begun to find shelter. And it would forever change our lives.
Fourteen years later, as my family and I eagerly anticipated the birth of our son; We never expected that lightening could, and indeed would, strike twice. On October, 2008, -while on hospital bedrest- Our wonderful son, Julius Davan was born sleeping at 35 weeks. My world collapsed at my feet, again.
I was told by my doctor that if I were to become pregnant again that it could and most likely would cost me my life.
Over the course of the next year, all I could think about was getting pregnant. I experienced two miscarriages before getting pregnant again.
At this time, I asked that my care be transferred to MUSC. Each staff member and provider that I encountered handled my treatment with the utmost concern and priority. I can’t even put into words how positively this impacted my life and my pregnancy. The care that I received throughout this pregnancy was impeccable.
I lived everyday of my pregnancy with anxiety and fear. And having to go on hospital bedrest again caused almost debilitating flashbacks of my previous tragic deliveries… I couldn’t help but worry if it would happen again.
My labor was induced at 36 weeks and 10 hours later, my room was completely filled with cheering doctors and nurses as I pushed into the world a beautiful son … Justice Idris (Ziggy).
It was like the Superbowl in there! Even as I was leaving the hospital with Ziggy. I heard my name being being shouted just as I reached the double doors exiting the lobby. I turned to find the first doctor I saw when I reported to MUSC Labor and Delivery. He was off duty and wanted to say goodbye to me before I left (Very Sweet). This was the BEST delivery I’ve ever experienced. I’m so very grateful!
There will never be words sufficient enough to thank you all at MUSC for what you’ve done for my family.