Mom Keri Barcellos-Putt already had two boys when she became pregnant with her third child—a girl. But her joy at her third pregnancy turned to fear and shock when her water broke at just 21 weeks. In a photo she posted to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page, Barcellos-Putt explains the heart-wrenching circumstances surrounding her 3rd child as her life hung in the balance.
“This was me and my girl today. Our first time as well! She is four weeks today. Born at 28 weeks. Water broke at 21 weeks and the only option doctors gave me was termination of the pregnancy. Two weeks of home bedrest and five weeks of hospital bedrest later she was born via emergency C-section due to placental abruption. Doctors still thought she wouldn’t survive because she had no water for her lungs to develop. She’s here and so healthy. Never needed oxygen. 32 weeks gestation and trying to breastfeed even though they told me she wouldn’t be able to until 34-36 weeks gestation. She’s proving everyone wrong!”
Did you catch that? This darling girl you see here nursing from her mama’s breast? Doctors told her mom at 21 weeks that her only option was to abort her baby. But Keri was determined to give her daughter every chance she possibly could.
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