The birth of a child is filled with both excitement and nervousness for moms-to-be. They may wonder – How will I know I’m in labor? Will I have a long labor? What will my baby look like? – and countless other questions.
Noah started out while he was in the womb having a hard time. I was 18 weeks and 6 cm dilated. I had to get a cervical cerclage to save Noah and be on complete bed rest. Even with that he had a 50/50 chance.
Move over Mr. Smith. Madelyne Williams left her small but powerful mark on Capitol Hill yesterday and today. The 9 year old from Kent, Ohio, was Akron Children’s Hospital’s representative at the Children’s Hospital Association’s annual “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.”
When I was 3 years old, Akron Children’s Hospital saved my life. A regional hospital nearby sent me to Akron Children’s when they were unable to diagnose my symptoms. The team there discovered that I had appendicitis, and removed my appendix immediately – just before it ruptured.
In January of 2012 my water broke at 25 weeks and I was immediately put on bed rest. I ended up delivering our son just shy of 28 weeks, 3 months early. Eron was delivered by C-section, weighing only 2 lbs., and 5 ozs., and 13 1/2 inches long. Before my son was even delivered the neonatal transport team was already there to take him.
Our son Jaxson was born almost 9 weeks premature. The Akron Children’s NICU staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center were so encouraging and proactive in his treatment that 10 months later he’s met all expected milestones much before expected due dates.