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My pregnancy with Gabrielle wasn’t “magical” like everyone told me it would be. I actually didn’t even think I could have children. I had a lot of tough days that I didn’t think I was going to get through while pregnant. During my second sonogram the ultrasound technician found that Gabby had a Single Umbilical Artery. That meant we had to see the Perinatalogist monthly and have weekly sonograms done to check her growth and [...]

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When I first found out I was pregnant AGAIN I was immediately stressed out. At the time my daughter was only seven, and I had just had a baby boy who, at the time, was only four months old. I wondered how I was going to juggle an extra infant into our family equation when I was already extending myself so much with just the two children I had. It was a lot to take in, but I knew in [...]

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Our son, Patrick Cole Lucas was born less than 6 weeks ago, and has been our blessing and joy since we found out we were pregnant. We found out at the 22 week old ultrasound that he would be born with a cleft lip and palate. Having, had 2 prior typical pregnancies,this news came as quite a shock. However, the doctor let us know that this is the most common birth defect and can be fixed easily by a [...]

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We found out that Edmund was going to be born with a cleft lip and palate at our first OB appointment after our anatomy scan on December 7, 2010. I remember the day like it was yesterday. We went to the appointment like any other appointment not expecting to hear anything like this. I remember him asking what we were told at the anatomy scan. We told him about being told we were having a boy and that everything looked [...]

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Sharing difficult experiences in life is a wonderful way to create support and community for those going through similar trials, whether it is through community outreach or as you have done online. I found your facebook group and web page along with other online bloggers to be very uplifting in a trying time with my son Josiah. Thank you for your efforts and providing a place for individuals and families dealing with cleft to turn to, and thank you for [...]

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I was born with cleft lip and as far as I know I am the only one with it. I always thought none of my kids will ever be born with that, Until November 5, 2010, My little son I had wanted my whole life came into this world after about an hour of all natural hard labor 8lbs 2oz 19 inches long and he came out and to my surprise he had cleft lip. I had an [...]

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Thomas's Smile Well; My Son Thomas Lee Wallis; Is An Incredible child; To me my family and everyone who hears his story…….. At 28 weeks of pregnancy it was confirmed that our Son would be born with a Cleft Lip and Palate; As well he has enlarged Ventricles; So I returned to Valley Children’s Hospital for more Ultra Sounds MRI and testing. After all testing and research I was sent to Stanford‘s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto CA; [...]

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Monte’s Smile It was October 12, 2009 when we went to the hospital to be induced. Our biggest questions of what Monte would like where about to come into our life. I had two ultrasounds when I was pregnant with him, and nothing serious ever showed, we thought everything was just going to be fine with him. My labor was short of the perfect story. After 18 in intense labor, and never progressing, I was rushed in for a C-Section. When [...]

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I was your typical high school student, loved my art classes, hanging out with friends and of course adored my ‘sweet heart’. Our relationship may have progressed too quickly and six months after dating I found myself pregnant. Seventeen, a senior in high school and pregnant. Emotions ran high at the beginning of my pregnancy. Scared about telling my parents, scared about physically having a baby and just overall scared about, at the that time, what was [...]

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When I found out that I was pregnant with my 2nd son. We were so thrilled because I was told that due to my health conditions called Lupus and Seizures it would be hard for me to carry to full term…. So the minute my husband and I found out that I was pregnant we prayed everyday and night for me to carry to full term and keep this child. When I was just 4 months pregnant I had a [...]

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