Read Maggie's Story
Today, Jennifer is living her dream as the mother of two beautiful, healthy children, but it’s a dream that almost seemed impossible.
In the winter of 2007, Jennifer was pregnant with her first child and preparing for the delivery when she noticed something different; she couldn’t feel her child moving. An ultrasound determined that something had caused intrauterine growth restriction. An emergency c-section was planned and just two days after delivery, Jennifer’s first child passed away.
Jennifer was referred to Dr. Karen E. O'Brien from the Maternal Fetal Medicine program at South Shore Hospital. Dr. O’Brien worked with Jennifer to discover what had caused the unsuccessful pregnancy and how to prevent it from happening again. It was determined that a blood-clotting disorder had caused unnatural folic acid levels and was responsible for the growth restriction.
Jennifer’s OB/GYN, Dr. Paul W. Keough from SouthShore/Hanover, now knew what he was up against. When Jennifer became pregnant with her second child, Dr. Keough monitored her pregnancy carefully to make sure blood clotting and high folic acid levels would not be a problem. While nervous throughout her pregnancy, Jennifer’s son, Matthew was successfully delivered by c-section on January 15, 2009. That night Matthew stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit to be sure he was in good health. Mother and son went home after spending the weekend at South Shore.
Within a year, Jennifer was pregnant with her third child and while she worried about the delivery, she always felt like she was in good hands. “They knew my history, they knew my fears, and they knew how to handle it. The whole team helped me feel comfortable.”
Maggie was delivered on January 18, 2010. The South Shore staff made sure the NICU was ready in case there were any complications but Maggie was born perfectly healthy. Jennifer was still reassured knowing support would be there if she needed it. “You know you’re not the only patient they have, but they make you feel as if you are.”
Jennifer is thankful for the staff that helped her start a family. “The whole maternity ward at South Shore is fabulous. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”