Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share our story. My name is Maureen and this is my son, Easton.

Early in my pregnancy I was diagnosed with complete Placenta Previa. On the evening of March 25, 2015, I woke up on my family’s couch around 10:30 p.m. I headed upstairs to check on our three-year-old daughter who was fast asleep. I pulled the covers up and heard a popping sound. I realized I was bleeding. I kept thinking about what my doctor told me…that at first sight of blood I had to get to the hospital or else I could bleed out and my son and I could die.

According to my OB doctor, who performed my emergency C-section in the early morning hours, of March 26, I had lost between 2-2.5 liters of blood, which is half of your body’s blood supply, and my son and I shouldn’t be alive today.

For five weeks and one day, I visited our son, daily in the NICU department at the hospital. On Friday, May 1, 2015 Easton was finally able to come home.

Through the Parent to Parent program I was matched up with a wonderful lady named [Peer Supporter] She was the light in our world when all I could see was darkness. I remember telling her about Easton flatlining in front of me (both of his lungs collapsed) and how the NICU nurse told me that I should “call my family so they could say their goodbyes.” I remember wondering what I could have done differently but [Peer Supporter] reminded me that one day this would all be a distant memory. She sent my family and me cards (we each had a personalized card). The ones for Easton and Camilla were made by her kids (one or possibly both were NICU babies.) Just thinking about these cards, almost 3 years later, make me cry. I hope to one day read them out loud without crying but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

At any rate, I hope my story will prove how valuable the Parent to Parent program is, especially for people such as myself who at one time had no idea what life was like with a NICU baby. Having someone like [Peer Supporter] to talk to, who had been through this, was a huge asset and definitely made things easier.

Easton was in the NICU at Harrisburg Hospital for 5 weeks and 1 day. When he was released on May 1, 2015 he was able to come home on a monitor. We had bi-weekly appointments at Hershey to have his results read since he would alarm during his feedings… little did I know this was God’s way of telling me he would be a little pig since he still eats fast!! After 2 months he was given the okay to be on his own and as a result of Early Intervention he has thrived!