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Melissa’s Story: Part 2

This is the second of five posts dedicated to sharing one young mother’s experience with severe preeclampsia and an ultimate delivery of a 27-weeker to save her own life.  This is Melissa’s story.

I studied my pregnancy books trying desperately to find an answer. I kept coming upon preeclampsia and decided the only way to know for sure was to check my blood pressure. So I waddled myself into walmart to check my blood pressure at the pharmacy there. Yep, sure enough it was high. It read 164 over something. So then we decided we had better head over to the hospital, so I walked into the ER and told them that something was terribly wrong with me and that I thought I had preeclampsia. So they hooked me up to a blood pressure monitor that was scheduled to take my blood pressure every few minutes (it was up to 174 over something by then) and they took some blood and said they would be back with my lab results. About an hour later a whole swarm of nurses and Dr.s came running into my room with a stretcher and began poking me everywhere with IVs and steroid shots (to help the baby develop quickly) and a catheter because I would be on complete bed rest. In the midst of all this they were trying to explain to me that I had severe preeclampsia and that they were sending me to the city by ambulance so that I could have the baby in OU Medical Center, one of the best in the country for their NICU care.

Read Part 1 or continue to Part 3.

Have you had any experiences similar to Melissa’s?  Please share in the comments, for Melissa’s benefit and for all of ours.  Thank you!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. Oh my gosh,at this point you must have been so shocked! It’s crazy how sudden some things can happen.

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