Stephanie Carraway remembers the emotions she felt when she was first placed on hospital bed rest. “We weren’t prepared. We didn’t have anything ready for the baby. We didn’t bring much to the hospital. I remember the nurse bringing in the HRH bag and it felt like there was someone there telling us it would be ok.”
She still hasn’t forgotten the day the nurses brought her a High Risk Hope Bed Rest Basket. She said she had been in denial about having to be on bed rest or even be at the hospital for the remainder of her pregnancy. She didn’t know anyone before that who had been diagnosed with preeclampsia and her and her husband were not sure what the outcome was going to be. “We were terrified and immediately thought the worst. I had been crying and just trying to figure out what was going on and the nurse brought the HRH bag with the calendar into my room. She pulled it out and sweetly suggested that we read the stories as they might help us on this unfamiliar journey. One by one, my husband and I read through the stories and it started to give us hope. Hope that even though I was only 26 weeks along at that time that there were so many other families that had gone through similar experiences and had wonderful outcomes. Hope that everything was going to be ok.”
As she read the calendar baby stories, she tried to hold back her tears. These other families had struggled with some of the same things they were going through. “My husband and I referred back to the calendar anytime there might have been a challenging day. It was like a comfort blanket. It was the extra boost of confidence we needed on hard days. I remember thinking every time a new test was scheduled I could look at these stories of hope and see the light”
If she could tell the families in the calendar one thing it would be, “Thank you! Thank you for being our guiding light when we were unsure where our journey was headed. Your stories inspired us to stay strong for our daughter and keep pushing. There were so many encouraging stories that helped us navigate through this challenging time in our lives. We are blessed to be a part of the High Risk Hope family!”
Stephanie was placed on hospital bed rest for 2 weeks after being diagnosed with preeclampsia and reverse umbilical blood flow. Her daughter, Madison Carraway, was born at 28 weeks and 3 days. Madison spent 53 days in the NICU at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. Once her baby was born, she remembers searching for the HRH Milestone Cards. She would smile looking at all the milestones Madison would hit. “Each time she hit a milestone we would tape the cards on her cabinet in the room. Once again it brought hope that things would be ok.”
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