Christopher’s Story

“I found out that I was pregnant with my son Christopher when I was 2.5 months along. I also discovered that my blood pressure was elevated and I would need to be on medication. Under the circumstances of my high blood pressure and being 41 years old, it was considered a high-risk pregnancy and I was likely to go into labor a few weeks early.

At just 30 weeks, my blood pressure elevated and I was admitted to the hospital. After 20 days of bedrest, my blood pressure leveled off and I was able to go home. However, having just returned home, at 33 weeks my blood pressure shot up once again and this time it couldn’t be controlled.

It was determined that I would need to be induced. When they started inducing me, Christopher’s heartbeat was lost and he was not in the proper position for birth, so they rushed me to the operating room for an emergency C-section. After he was born his lungs weren’t fully developed, so he was moved to the NICU.

After just 8 days old, Christopher’s breathing tubes were removed and he was able to breathe on his own. The next day he was moved to the “Graduate” room, which was one step closer to going home, but he still had a long way to go.

I was released from the hospital a few days after giving birth to Christopher. I originally thought that we would be able to go home and travel to the hospital every day, but I quickly realized that we couldn’t be far away from him. A social worker from Baystate Medical Center referred us to the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.

During our stay, the staff was wonderful. They truly made us feel at home and not just a guest. Every day they ask how you are and how the baby is doing. While we have been here, they have been all about the families. ”

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