Well it's been almost 2 years since our last little bundle was born and I'm finally getting the time to give a little update. This little girl entered the world 9.5 weeks early weighing 3 pounds 14 ounces. She gave us quite the scare. I went in to get checked because I felt her moving less and less. After a number of tests and lots of agonizing waiting, we learned that she was suffering from a fetal maternal hemmorhage. Here is the definition from wikipedia: Fetal-maternal haemorrhage is the loss of fetal blood cells into the maternal circulation. It takes place in normal pregnancies as well as when there are obstetric or trauma related complications to pregnancy. In our case, there was no trauma and I was being regularly monitored because my first son was born early due to preeclampsia.
I was lucky enough to be at Mt. Sinai hospital where they have an amazing fetal surgery team. My sweet baby girl underwent a utero blood transfusion (she was still in my belly this means). The next day tests revealed she was still losing blood so they delivered her within 30 minutes of my last ultrasound. It was terrifying to say the least and so hard to not see or hold my baby right away. Our little fighter came out screaming. It was such a beautiful sound to hear. Little miss M spent 5 weeks in the nicu. Today she is a spunky, hilarious and more importantly HEALTHY 21 month old (19 months corrected). We feel so blessed to have her in our lives. We were mere hours away from losing her. Thank god for mothers intuition and being in the right place at the right time.
We are so grateful to the Nicu at both Mt. Sinai Hospital and St. Joseph's hospital for taking such great care of M. It was so hard to not be with her all the time but I felt better knowing she was in great hands.
I decided to take an extra long leave to focus on healing from the trauma of it all and spending as much time with my little miracle as possible. I am now taking limited sessions so please get in touch and let me help you capture your special moments!
Claire Binks is a natural light photographer specializing in Maternity, Babies, Newborns, Children and Families in the West Toronto area, serving areas such as the Junction, Juction Triangle, Blood West Village, Roncesvalles, Forest Hill, Lawrence Park, Riverdale and more! With a laid-back lifestyle approach, Claire's goal is to capture the true moments that tell your story. If you want to book a session with Claire Binks Photography, click here. I look forward to working with you some day soon!