I dont want an Angel I want my Grandson

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 By Lucy

This is my Story, I have lost my 1st Grandson (Scottie Jordan Cartagena) and my Faith and don't know how I could ever get it back nor do I know if I even want it back.April 2011; The 1st thing that came to my mind when I heard I was going to be Grandma for the 2nd time was, how could I love another as much as I love my Layla, and then when I saw my grandson's sonogram picture for the 1st time, I knew; it just happens. How could one heart hold so much love?October 5 2011; I planned my Grandson's funeral. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. The last time I came close to this kind of lost and pain was when I had to plan his grandfather's funeral which... Read More

Our little miracle

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 By Melita

My fiancé and I were very surprised the day we found out we were pregnant, and scared of the prospect of becoming parents... but once the initial shock wore off, we were also very excited about how our lives together would change. I had the dream pregnancy.  I had mild morning sickness to 12 weeks which caused me to drop a few kilos before I began to gain and then my weight gain was very minimal and I was constantly being told how small I was looking which at the time I was very proud of but now I know it probably wasn’t a good thing.  I lived in the country and worked for a city company so I was constantly on the road travellng to and from the... Read More

my 50/50 chance

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2011 By Elaine

I'm Elaine, 27, and I experienced pre-eclampsia during the birth of my son Bradley, who is now 6. I was overdue and was getting a stiff neck. The midwife came out and said that my blood pressure was very, very high so I got rushed in to the hospital and the next minute I was tied to a hospital bed with 5 drips and blood pressure machine and was told I had 50/50 chance of surviving the birth. I had an emergency c-section and my son was delivered safely, weighing 8 pound 11. He was a big boy. I was then told I was very lucky.

Remembering Gia

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Gina

My Baby Girls...

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Meredith

I am the mother of five—but I only get to kiss two of my children goodnight so far.  I have two boys, Thomas and Henry, and two daughters, Bridget and Elsie.  I also have another little boy on the way.  Thomas is six, plays t-ball, gymnastics and thinks Justin Beiber is cool.  Henry is three, adores his big brother, loves Mickey Mouse and is becoming such a little boy, no more toddler.  Bridget and Elsie died an hour after they were both born. They should be nearly four years old.It was my second pregnancy and we were shocked with spontaneous twins.  Once the surprise wore off, we adjusted to the idea and to the... Read More

my little LJ (Please Read)!!

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By crystal

Me and my boyfriend tried to get pregnant for over a year, and when it finally happened we were so excited. I was so happy: all that was wrong was the normal things, nausea, vomiting, and eating. When I was 20 weeks along, we found out we were having a boy who we would name Larry Lewis Rich Jr. At 26 weeks, I found out that I had mild preeclampsia. I was scared, but the doctor said I shouldn't be worried because it was just mild and I would be ok. Well I was really sick and my feet were way too big to fit in any of my shoes. I started to get stretch marks on my legs because of how swollen they had gotten. So the doctor did a 24-hour urine; well no one got a hold of me, so I... Read More

My three year journey on trying to have a child

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2011 By Shawn

Hi, my name is Shawn and this is my three year journey on trying to have a child which so far involves miscarriage, fertility issues, severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, death and surrogacy.I keep telling myself there has to be a reason that I’ve gone through everything I have.  Am I supposed to learn a lesson or am I supposed to share my journey and struggles with others that have had similar situations.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever know, but I do know that for me this is what I need to do to keep the memory of my beautiful twins Ava and Noah alive.  I have to think I have not gone through all this... Read More

Pre-Eclampsia and Gestational diabetes in 3rd pregnancy.

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 By Amy

Many people develop pre-eclampsia in their 1st pregnancy, but that wasn't the case with me. Other than terrible nausea, I had very healthy pregnancies for my first two. Pregnancy #3 came along and I had gestational diabetes around 18 weeks. I followed a very strict diet and did not need insulin. At week 33, my blood pressure jumped. I took a 24-hour urine and the protein level was around 60. I took another 24-hour urine the next week, it was up to 300+ (now officially pre-eclampsia). At week 35, the protein jumped to 1600. I was swelling pretty badly, which is new for me - I did not swell even a little with my previous two. Early 36 weeks, because of the persistent headache and... Read More

Re: GUILT...has anyone else experienced this?

Posted On Sunday, October 09, 2011 By Lisa

My husband took me back to UCLA (where I was in intensive care for weeks) and walking the halls was odd. The nursing staff would first see my husband and smile and then their gaze would land on me and they would stand stock still, stare with a shocked expression.  It was as if I were Lazarus come back from the grave and they could not believe their eyes. It made me feel so strange.  For weeks afterwards I told my husband, "I feel like they are family that I left behind and I need to bring them out."  He said, "No honey, it's their job to be there. They want to be there."  But I had a hard time believing him (with my emotions.  I understood... Read More

"One and Done"... Not Always a Survivor's Mantra

Posted On Thursday, October 06, 2011 By Janel

After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be honest, preeclampsia tends to put a damper on a mother's hopes for carrying other children!   The health risks mean that many of us in the preeclampsia community state "one and done" with certainty that it is the correct choice for our own health and... Read More

nearly died of HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Saturday, September 24, 2011 By Lisa

I lost three naturally conceived pregnancies and did many failed fertility attempts before deciding to move on to DE IVF (at the advice of several REs).  However, at the advice of a therapist whose help I sought to deal with the grief I also had immunological and clotting tests run and I came up positive for APA with elevated NK count.  My RE said I should move on to DE and if I got pregnant I should take low dose prednizone during the first trimester and inject lovenox, a blood thinner, for the duration of the pregnancy.  I did both with my pregnancy, achieved with the help of an egg donor (first two possible donor cycles cancelled due to problems with the... Read More

Here we go again!

Posted On Thursday, September 01, 2011 By Amy

I had our son when I was at 35 weeks.  I had a sudden onset of preeclampsia.  He was born by emergency c-section and spent 3 weeks in the NICU.  Besides being small and having some respiratory distress he was very healthy and has and is a very active child.  We just found out we're pregnant with our 2nd child!

Elliot Kyle

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 By Ellery

God saved me as 19 years of age. I am sharing this testimony with you first, because if it hadn't been for God's divine intervention in my life, I wouldn't have made it through this traumatic event. I was raised in being told about God from my mom and grandparents, but I come from a very broken household. My parents divorced when I was 12. My dad was an alcholic and was imprisioned for DUI manslaughter for 10 years. Every day I woke up wondering what was the purpose for my life, why was I created? I struggled with feelings of depression and lonliness and tried to supress it with drugs, sex and friends. An addiction to cocanie eventually lead to a nealy fatal over-dose. After that, I... Read More

The Most Traumatic Event in My Life

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 By Kristina

My husband and I had tried for almost 3 years to get pregnant.  I had given up all hope when one day in January of 2006 my period was late and I decided to take a pregnancy test.  The first one I took didn't look like it was changing after I stared at it for 30 seconds, so I just tossed it in the trash.  Later that day while I was using the bathroom I happened to look in the trash can and noticed that there were two lines on the stick.  Not just one. The next morning I took another test, then took a shower.  When I got out I looked at the stick and noticed that there again were two lines!  I was so happy!  But I had to go to... Read More

My Five Children

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 By Busisiwe

All the stories I’ve read have a happy ending.... In 2002 I met my future husband, JB, funny, loving, kind and honest. I fell pregnant in April 2003 at a grand age of 24 - never ever having been on any contraceptive. I was more scared of having disappointed my parents than at actually being pregnant- I loved it - I wanted the baby!!! Naively, we thought all would go well, all we had to do was wait 9 months, and hooray we are parents. Though unprepared, we went on to prepare for the new arrival, attended antenatal clinics and all. But at 20 weeks, while at work, I felt excruciating lower abdominal pains, called the ambulance and was taken to hospital and... Read More

Our own angel "Kimberly"

Posted On Friday, August 12, 2011 By Girlie

On October 2010, I was so happy when I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. It was so easy for me because I didn’t experience things other women did, like morning sickness or nausea and other uncomfortable situation that a pregnant woman always encounters.  Before that, I don’t have any medical history that need attention or can cause problem with my pregnancy. I go to my OB regularly for my prenatal and had all the laboratory test done and happy to say that it all went right and they don’t see any problem with me and my baby.  So I thought I was so lucky to have normal pregnancy. We were so happy... Read More

2 Time Post-Partum Hypertension/Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, August 08, 2011 By julie

I just delivered my son, via a second c-section, a month ago.My daughter's birth almost 2 years ago was not a smooth process.  I endured a 36-hour labor of pitocin, getting an epidural after my water broke.  I stalled at 5 centimeters and had to be delivered via c-section.  I had my baby girl on 10/24/09 and she was 10 lbs. 8 oz.  I was not diabetic. The recovery was painful, and I was swollen like a grape.  My eyes were so puffy.  My toes were spread out on my feet and I couldn't bend them because my feet had swelled to much.  But despite this, my blood pressure only started to rise slightly on my last day in... Read More

HELLP Syndrome (my story)

Posted On Thursday, August 04, 2011 By Lisa

I didn't get pre-eclampsia, instead moved rapidly from eclampsia into full-blown HELLP that gave me a stroke, ruptured my liver, and put me in a three-week-long coma from which the doctors were not certain I'd emerge. I was blessed with world-class medical care, completely paid for by my Union-provided medical insurance.  I also had amazing friends and family who helped care for our infant daughter, so that my husband could be with me every step of the way, advocating on my behalf.  Now, more than a year later, I am finally finishing up cognitive therapy and re-testing to qualify for my driver's license again. I am blessed because my daughter and I both survived... Read More

Cooper Landon

Posted On Wednesday, August 03, 2011 By Elizabeth

I remember how excited we were when we first found out I was pregnant. It was November 8, 2010. I had taken a pregnancy test by myself because I wanted to surprise my husband with the news. After taking the test I was ecstatic and went to the store where I found a bib that said “Daddy’s hugs are the best.” My husband gives the best hugs so I thought this was perfect. I wrapped the bib and went... Read More

How I lost my baby at 7 months to preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2011 By flora

After the birth of my son in 2001, it was now 5 years having a Norplant and I felt that it was now was good time to try and have another baby so I had Norplant removed. I immediately conceived in 2006 and so I thought it would be a similar to my first pregnancy which was smooth with the usual morning sickness. I attended antenatal clinic at private hospital where they had a package which was cheaper, I thought than having a private doctor. At about 5 months in the pregnancy I started swelling all over my body but I didn't think it was anything I just thought it was just normal pregnancy weight.  During my... Read More

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