April 19, 2016

Rachel's Story// How Social Media Helped Save Her Baby

We are always so honored to hear from mamas who adore our necklaces and we are thrilled whenever we get the chance to meet a fan and give them a big hug. One special fan left us with such an impression that we wanted to share the incredible journey she endured with her sweet baby Wyatt. Last year we took a girls trip to Seattle, that's when we met Rachel. She had a story of courage, love, giving, hardship, and most of all a miracle. 



Rachel was pregnant with her first child. It wasn’t an easy pregnancy, on top of morning sickness she had already been diagnosed with Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. At 26 weeks she began to experience some alarming symptoms, including such severe back pain she could barely walk, she headed to her Labor and Delivery unit concerned. Her concerns were met with horrifying validation when the doctors realized she had hypertension and severe preeclampsia. She was then whisked away by an ambulance to the hospital. Rachel tells us...

When I arrived at UWMC Seattle Medical Center, an IV was placed and magnesium was started, along with fluids to stop the seizure activity. I made it 6 more days and then I started to have a stroke. They rushed me into the surgery suite and began my Cesarean section. At 7:37 p.m., my son was born at 2 pounds 3 ounces, 13.5 inches long. He was so small, I didn’t hear him cry when he was born.  I wasn't able to see my baby for the first 8 hours of his life, other than in a picture the nurse took before they had to put him on a ventilator to help him breathe.

I was discharged 4 days later with medicine for my blood pressure. Wyatt had a very long road ahead. He was diagnosed with a heart condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a bowel condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and an eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). He was given many medicines and had many procedures done to make sure he was doing OK! After all the ups and downs with breathing and feeding issues, and just about everything else, 93 days later we got to take our sweet miracle home!

 When Wyatt was 5 month old for whatever reason, likely stress, Rachel's milk supply began to drop and she wasn't producing enough milk for her baby. Wyatt had severe allergies to formulas so Rachel had no choice but to figure out how to bring her supply back up or find milk. She found the facebook group, Human Milk For Babies-Washington and begged. This is another part of her story that we thought was incredible, the support of other mothers she received to help nourish and sustain the very life of her child. Mothers she never met but who were willing to care for Wyatt in an incredible way. Much to her relief, she found several donors who helped Wyatt get the breast milk he needed until his first birthday. In total Wyatt used donor milk for 7.5 months, and Rachel had about 17 different donors she picked up from.



Rachel's milk supply eventually increased (she thanks Domperidone for this) and she continued to pump for 17.5 months and was able to give her own milk back to those in need. Rachel herself donated over 5,000oz to others!
Rachel also gave us some good advice for other parents in a similar situation.

Never give up, there is always someone to help you! And NEVER let anyone put you down!!!  If you are in need of milk and cant afford to purchase it like me, just ask. I asked on Human milk for babies and the state I was from, Eats on Feet and the state I was from and just local mom and parent groups. Never be ashamed for doing best by your child.

Baby Wyatt is now a happy and thriving 2 year old. We know Rachel's story is going to touch other parents going through similar struggles and we're so glad her story can provide encouragement and to bring awareness to the beauty and need of mothers sharing their breast milk.     

Gorgeous Photo's Thanks To: One Tree Photography