When Brittany Turner went into labor she didn’t feel the same excitement as most moms-to-be.
After suffering four miscarriages she was terrified it was going to happen again.
“With Brayden, there was a lot of anxiety around me being pregnant this time. I never made it past three months,” said Brittany Turner.
The Raleigh, North Carolina mom was understandably terrified when she was rushed in for an emergency C-section three weeks before her due date.
“By the time I got to the ER, one of the nurses put a doppler on my stomach. She goes 90….80… the baby’s heart rate was going down that fast,” she said, as per ABC News.
Writing about her terrifying experience on Instagram Brittany said: “My partner is not beside me, I’m terrified, I’m being told to trust these doctors and nurses I never met as they move rapidly around me, asking for verbal consent to put me to sleep because there is no time for paperwork or questions.
“Feeling alone, scared, confused, crying. I prayed out loud. Lord cover me and my baby Brayden God please!!”
When she woke up she called out for her baby doctors told her he was doing great now but during labor the cord was wrapped around his neck.
When she was handed her baby boy weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces a beautiful thing happened.
“Soon as I grabbed my phone I looked and said, ‘is he caressing her face? Are you serious? Is this baby? This guy is amazing. This is my child,'” said dad Antonio Pittman.
Posting the video on Instagram, Brittany wrote: “This video was the first time I held him not even fully awake. (Antonio) put him on me and he gently grabbed my face. Letting me know he was ok.”
Now this sweet boy will enjoy all the love and hugs back home with his parents and big brother Kaleel Douglas.
Brittany is not alone in her trauma from suffering multiple miscarriages, studies show it’s more common for Black women.
A study released by British medical publication The Lancet in April shows 23 million women suffer miscarriages around the world every year with Black women facing a more than a 40 percent higher risk.
According to the publication: “miscarriage is common affecting one in 10 women in their lifetime with an estimated 23 miscarriages globally. Despite this, the impact and consequences of miscarriage and system of care which is fragmented can be of poor quality.
“A new system is needed to ensure miscarriages are better recognized and women are given the physical and mental healthcare they need. The era of telling women to ‘just try again is over,’” said the Lancet.
Brittany said the anxiety and stress she experienced has made her and her partner rethink having another child.
“After this ordeal, I want to have another child, but it makes me scared to even try again.”
Such a beautiful moment between mother and child captured on camera forever. I’m so happy this couple can enjoy their child and the worry and anxiety through their pregnancy is now over.
More does need to be done to support women after miscarriage, so many suffer alone. Please share.