Rainbow Lila

Hi, my name is Dana. My husband and I decided to try for a 3rd baby when our then youngest was 2. Since it had taken 3 years to get pregnant with her, we knew it would be a journey. About a year and a half later we found out we were expecting baby #3. We were so excited! At my first ultrasound they couldn't see the baby but assured me all the test were positive and had me do bloodwork to see how far I was. Once the tests came back confirming I was pregnant we began to let our friends and family know the good news! A couple days later my Doctor called saying the wanted follow up bloodwork to make sure my levels were increasing. After receiving the results, the doctor called and said that my levels were increasing just not fast enough. I kept getting asked if I was having any bleeding or spotting or pain, but I wasn't. I was told to prepare to have a miscarriage. For the next couple of weeks, I had to go in every 3 days to get my blood work drawn to see if my levels were still increasing, which they were. Right before Thanksgiving in 2015 I was told that my levels were high enough we could go get an ultrasound to see the baby! On December 3rd I went in for my ultrasound. My husband was at work so I had to take our two daughters with me. Once there the technician was having problems locating the baby, when she finally did and after bringing in help they confirm that I had an ectopic pregnancy. It was like the ground caved in underneath me. What made it worse was that the technician kept telling me look at that strong healthy heartbeat the baby looks so healthy. I was sent to go see my doctor who then told me to go to the emergency room right away for surgery. Sometime before having surgery my tube ruptured and I was bleeding out. Besides losing the baby I also lost my left tube and ovary and almost my life. About five months later we decided to try again for just a short amount of time. Nine months later, we found out we were pregnant with our rainbow baby. It was the best feeling in the world to see the healthy baby in the ultrasound and to hear the heart beating. She was born early, on October 13th 2017. She is such a blessing to our family and spoiled by her big sisters! Thank you for listening to my story!

-Dana P.





Written by Julie Khaled

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