Traumatic Birth: Life After Near-Death (Updated)

They took her. I was cut open and hastily re-stitched; paralyzed by a spinal block; bags of my own blood prepared and ready to transfuse if necessary, though apparently the physical danger to me was now over. The operating room was cold and sterile, glints of hard stainless steel, no friendly faces. My kind and…

Brave Like My Zo

She did great today. There were some tough moments, mostly involving taking medicine, and she is struggling a bit now. But when she awoke from the anesthesia, she did not cry. “She hasn’t made one peep,” the nurse said when she came to get us.

Day 18: “brave like my mama” by Zo, age 5.

My precious five year old daughter, Zo, born by emergency c-section at 35 weeks due to bleeding placenta previa, who was a fighter and a miracle and a dream come true from the moment of her unlikely conception, who has had near constant strep since March and can barely eat due to the probably pus-filled,…