Lil' Miss Miracle: ! couple's 10-year baby journey
3/29/2017 2:18 PM
Newlyweds Carrie and J.W. were ready to start their family when they learned Carrie had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS leads to hormone imbalance and makes conception very difficult. Eager to overcome this obstacle, they started infertility treatment right away.
Ten years of treatments in Houston came to an end when the couple relocated to Schertz. The emotional toll of the hormones and frequent disappointment was heavy, and the couple decided to end the treatment.
Instead, they considered fostering-to-adopt and scheduled an appointment with an agency. A few days before the meeting, Carrie went for a dental check-up. Her dentist ran a routine pregnancy test before taking x-rays. The test was positive.
Carrie and J.W. were elated and stunned. After a decade of trying, their parenting dream was coming true. The pregnancy progressed normally until the third trimester, when Carrie’s blood pressure escalated and her obstetrician, Dr. Laura Hermann, put her on strict rest.
At 37 weeks, the baby was breech, and Carrie still had high blood pressure readings. Dr. Hermann scheduled a cesarean section three weeks prior to Carrie’s due date for the safety of her patient. Carlee was born in early September with a healthy weight but had breathing problems. She was placed in CTMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where she stayed for five days.
“Even though I’m a nurse, babies were a whole different world to me, and my husband didn’t have the medical background I had.
The NICU nurses were so compassionate, knowledgeable and caring. Every fear that we had was comforted. They explained everything that was happening to Carlee and even guided me in my own care to make sure I was taking care of myself.
“When you’ve waited ten years to have a baby, every second is so precious. We were very comfortable during our NICU stay. We both felt very secure, and we appreciated how the staff respected our privacy.
“J.W. is very strong in his faith, and he held me up. We are going to try again for another baby and would like to adopt.”