By Aziziah Aziz
My HIE survivor (now angel) was Aafiyah, which in Arabic means health.
My uterus and bladder ruptured during labor, which resulted in her severe HIE. She was born not breathing, and doctors quickly revived.
I remember kissing her before she was rushed off to the NICU, and then I was put to sleep for the remainder of my surgery.
To new moms:
This picture popped up on my news feed. It's a picture of my then 2 month old HIE son GMO; God's Miracle On earth - GianRaul. He is now 4 years old.
This picture was taken only days after we returned home from 1 month in the NICU and another month in a rehabilitation hospital.
As I look at this picture I remember how scared I was and how I was so scared of the future and the unknown. At that time the fear that I dreaded was the special needs world.
By Amy Cutler
I always knew that I want to be a mom.
I was lucky enough to grow up with two sisters and understood how important siblings are.
After we got married, we waited a little bit of time before deciding that we wanted to begin our family and our journey to becoming parents.
It was certainly not an easy one from the beginning. After some time, we were excited to find out that we were expecting a little baby girl.
By Nicolette Friend
Faith is now 13 months old, and I wanted to put together some of "what we've learned" to share with you.
She's currently admitted for the 7th time since our 2 month NICU stay, which has given me the time to get this together. Faith is pretty severely affected and will probably be my forever baby. But regardless of future outcomes we all start this journey with the same pain and fear. So I hope these thoughts encourage you.