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Why an Unborn Baby Boy With a Birth Defect Is Getting the Adventure of a Lifetime

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Jenna Gassew and Dan HaleyThis unbelievable story will touch your heart: Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a young couple living in Pennsylvania, is making sure their unborn son gets to experience a bucket list of fun adventures before his birth on October 12. The reason? Their baby was diagnosed with an incurable birth defect, one that lowers his chances of survival.

After slipping on some black ice two months into her pregnancy, Gassew went to the doctor’s office, where she found out her baby had anencephaly, a rare birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the front brain and skull; CDC statistics list 1 in 4,859 babies as being born with anencephaly each year. The young mom and dad learned about the diagnosis two days before their fourth wedding anniversary.

Even with the probability that their baby would die shortly after birth, Gassew and Haley decided against an abortion and relied on the strength of their Catholic faith. They set out to create a list of things and places they wanted Shane to experience.

According to the New York Daily News, the couple created a “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page where they post updates on Shane’s growth and milestones (like kicks and hiccups) and chronicle #shanesbucketlist. So far, the list includes eating cheesesteaks, watching Haley play baseball, seeing Zack Brown Band in concert, and feeding animals at the zoo.

Along the way, friends, family, and readers who have been touched by the couple’s journey have showed tremendous support (the page currently has over 97,000 likes) and posted encouraging messages. Responding to the outpouring of love, Gassew and Hale wrote, “We are truly blessed and forever grateful! Shane will be here in a little over a month and we can’t wait to meet him, but it’s quite clear that he has already had an enormously positive impact on the lives of so many people, and that is a miracle all in itself.”

Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline

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Image: Photo of Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley courtesy of their “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page.

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The Most Dramatic Labor and Delivery Viral Video Ever!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

If I’ve seen one viral video that defines “drama,” this is it: A 10-minute clip on YouTube right now shows a GoPro camera-wearing dad’s capture of not only his frantic race to the hospital with his wife in labor—but the baby’s sidewalk birth too!

(And given how close I am to my own delivery, I am literally writing this post through tears of awe, anxiety… and gratitude that I live just 10 minutes’ drive from my delivery hospital!)

The vid, called “Valet Baby,” has gotten more than 1.5 million views since July 4. It shows the highway stretching seemingly endlessly ahead in the front windshield of the car driven by dad-to-be Troy Dickerson while his wife, Kristin, writhes in labor pain, and repeatedly tells him she’s not going to make it to the Houston hospital for which they’re bound. He tries to comfort her, not realizing at first quite how serious the situation is.

At one point, Kristin chokes out through pained screams in the car, “I can feel his head!”

Shortly thereafter, the family arrives at the valet loading area of the hospital, and Troy helps his wife out of the car as a wheelchair arrives to the curb. At that point, she says, “His head is coming out.” And though her husband encourages her to try to make it upstairs into the hospital, she can’t walk—and she knows it’s just too late.

With coaching from her husband (after two previous kids, he knows a thing or two), Kristin delivers that baby right on the sidewalk! The censored video blacks out those intense pictures while the sound still rolls. When the picture comes back, baby Truett has arrived in the world, and a gaggle of nurses is on scene to attend. “He’s perfect, he’s perfect, he’s perfect,” Troy says over and over.

The video ends as the family and nurses ride up in the elevator, with mom and baby safe in a wheelchair, and mom asks incredulously, “Did that really just happen?!” She also informs the nurses that she’s a childbirth educator at that very hospital!

Watch the clip below—and I dare you not to gasp!

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Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital

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Saddest. Birth. Story. Ever!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We’re all still teary eyed at the mere mention of Marlise Munoz—a pregnant woman in Texas who was kept on life support for weeks against her family’s will until a court finally overturned a state law protecting her fetus, and allowed her family to lay her and her unborn child to rest. Now comes another tragic mommy-to-be story.

Robyn Benson—a 32-year-old Canadian woman, who was still a newlywed, married only seven months—was 22 weeks pregnant when she collapsed with a cerebral hemorrhage in December and was pronounced brain dead. But unlike Marlise’s husband who knew the fetus was not healthy, Robyn’s hubby Dylan—who first met Robyn when she was 16—wanted to keep Robyn alive in hopes of giving their unborn child a chance of surviving.

The doctors in Victoria, British Columbia, agreed and after six weeks of further gestation, Iver Cohen Benson was born on Saturday, February 8, at 28 weeks, weighing 2 pounds and 13 ounces with a patch of red hair, like his mom. The following day Robyn was taken off of life support, and later died.

Dylan announced on his Facebook page, “It is with a heavy heart but also with extreme proudness that I am posting this update. On Saturday evening, my beautiful and amazing son, Iver Cohen Benson, was born. Iver is healthy and is the cutest and most precious person I have ever met. As to be expected, it will still be a bumpy ride for he and I as he continues to grow under the care of the wonderful staff at the hospital.

On Sunday, we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met. I miss Robyn more than words can explain. I could not be more impressed with her strength, and I am so lucky to have known her. She will live on forever within Iver, and in my heart.”

Dylan later told the Vancouver Sun, “It’s the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time.” He is one strong man to have gone through that. All my best to Dylan and baby Iver, who will get to know his mother through the eyes of someone who truly loved her, his dad. What a hard journey they have ahead of them, but at least they have each other.

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Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies

 Image of Dylan and Iver Benson via Facebook.

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