After 5 months of trying we were ecstatic to find out we were expecting our second child! This time I saw my hematologist every other week to ensure that clots would not be found in my placenta. We were thrilled to find out we were expecting a boy and that everything looked normal at our 16 week appointment. We were finally putting our guard down when I started to have the same symptoms on Valentine's Day this year. We went straight to the hospital where they took more tests and couldn't determine why my liver enzymes were so high. I stayed there for 5 days and was feeling better. When I was discharged I was 20 weeks pregnant. I was half way done but still had a long 4 weeks till he was viable. Two days after I was discharged I was back in the hospital because I was in so much pain. This time we were told that my liver and kidney's were starting to shut down. There was only way to make them go down. Ryder was born on February 21st at 20 weeks. This time the doctors told me HELLP Syndrome was the cause of my symptoms. The only way to get rid of it was to deliver. A decision that we did not want to make.
We were told by 3 doctors that if we were to try to get pregnant again, we would unfortunately have the same outcome. Once we were told this, we decided that surrogacy would be an option we would consider. After doing our research we decided to take the plunge and go the surrogacy route. We are excited to see what happens over the next year with the support of our friends and family.
- Rachel Baldwin
- Danielle & Noah Brooks
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