Janelle White shares her experience of her daughters' births with us. Read their story below ❤️
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My name is Janelle White. Back in May 2018 I had 27 week identical twin girls. They were due on August 15th but due to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome they had to be delivered by emergency C-Section in May 22 2018. It wasn’t how I wanted to bring my girls into the world.
Throughout the pregnancy, we were great. Girls were growing and we stayed in the same stage 1 of the TTS which is good. We got to 26 weeks and things changed. Our baby B had no fluid at all and Baby A had all the fluid. We rushed to Seattle for an emergency procedure to stop Baby B from giving all the nutrients to Baby A but I was too far along and was put at high risk of delivering in Seattle. They removed 3 liters of fluid from Baby A and hopefully that would help and give us a few more weeks. We came Home and saw the perinatalogyst a week later and nothing was improved, the situation was actually worse. They referred us to the University of Utah where I thought I was just going to be put on bed rest. When we got there we soon realized how scary our situation was.
Baby A’s Heart was trying to pump all the extra blood she had through her body and Baby B had nothing, and you need amniotic fluid to coat your lungs. We were then given the choice... we either wait a day and be given a steroid to help and possibly deliver a still born, or deliver both of them now and pray that their little bodies would make it. We opted to deliver then and we were scheduled for a C Section within an hour.
Gentrie Grace was born at 6:17 weighing 2lbs 2oz and Indie Jane at 6:18 weighing 1lb 15oz. They went directly to the NICU and I did not see them until a few hours later when they had them stabilized on ventilators.
It has been a long road full of ups and downs. I watched my girls grow into babies as they were not ready to be in the world at 27 weeks. They over came sicknesses such as infections, pneumonia, staff, colds and have struggled getting them off the ventilators. At one point I thought that my Indie would not be coming home. That she wasn’t going to make it as her lungs just weren’t strong enough. She proved me wrong and I never doubted her strength again.
As a mom it was hard for me to watch my daughters go through something so hard an not be able to love them, hold them or even touch them. We gave them blessings and so many prayers were given. I witnessed miracles right in front of me and how amazing this life is that we get. It’s an amazing journey to be on. I am glad this is our journey so that we can be so thankful that we made it through it and are blessed by it.
On day 82 Gentrie came home and has been thriving. Our sweet Indie is still up at the NICU still trying to get her lungs strong and come down on her oxygen. Today marks 105 days alive and in the NICU for Indie.
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Sewn with love,