The first son of Rachel and Jeff Whitchurch was born at 35 weeks when her water broke prematurely. She has also had three miscarriages.
She was admitted to the hospital and given steroids to stimulate the development of the baby’s lungs, as well as well as medication to forestall contractions. The longer Rachel could stay in bed, the less time her baby would need in the NICU.
“I was being given the opportunity to sit in a hospital bed so he didn’t have to. All the pain, loneliness, stress, fear, needles, medicine, etc., was worth it because I could take my child’s place.”
The best doctors hoped for was a week. But Gideon was born after more than five!
“With faith and prayers and amazing medical staff, our sweet little boy was born at 33 weeks instead of 28 weeks. He was only 3 pounds when he was born, but he was healthy, breathing, and fighting from the beginning. My doctors called me and our little Gideon both miracles.”
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LifeNews.com Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.