My name is Cathy Terblanche and this is my son, Stefan’s story. When my daughter, Danielle was 5 years old, my husband and I decided it was time for a second baby. I fell pregnant immediately. We were both delighted! My pregnancy was very different from the first pregnancy. He was a very quiet baby – obviously enjoying his sleep before coming out into this big world! I went for my regular monthly checks and each time a scan was done. I suffered terribly from morning sickness from day one to the very day he was born.
Stevie was born on September 3rd, 2005 with ABS. While Stevie was in my tummy, The Amniotic Bands wrapped around my son’s left arm from below his elbow down. My husband and I did not know until the day he was born. I will never the shock, when they laid my little boy on top of me, I can not explain all the feelings that rushed through me or what I felt for my little boy when I looked down and saw his arm.
Thomas was born at 32 1/2 weeks on October 19, 2002 (Due 12-09-02) 3 lbs 15 1/2 oz ; 16 1/2 inches long. Thomas is a healthy boy today because of modern medicine. If he was conceived only a few years ago he would not have survived.
He was an identical triplet, but his brothers were conjoined twins. The twins had no chance of survival, but were threatening the third baby’s life. As a result we made the tough decision to have surgery in San Fransisco that would stop the sharing of blood through Twin Twin Transfusion and save Thomas.
Tyler was born on February 2nd, 2002 after a very complicated pregnancy. I had developed pre-eclampsia and was put on bed-rest a month before I was induced. I had tons of ultrasounds. Two a week-including a 3-D ultrasound. None of them indicated any problems with the baby. I prayed my whole pregnancy that my little boy would be born healthy and perfect….you know the saying 10 fingers and 10 toes.
When I found out I was pregnant I was a newly-wed and only 19 years old.
My little girl was born June 13, 2007 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her name is Allyssa Cate. She is my third child and she is also my very first little girl. Allyssa was born without her right forearm and hand. We had no idea until she was born. I had a C-section so I couldn’t see her but I knew from the reaction in the room that something was wrong. Then my doctor finally came to the head of my bed to speak to my husband and me.
My daughter, Holly, was born in 2000 with Amniotic Band Syndrome and clubfoot. Here is our story….
My water broke in the 32nd week of pregnancy, but I did not go into labor. I was placed on bed rest at the hospital and was given a steroid to help her lungs develop quickly in case I did go into labor. My doctor decided to induce labor in the 34th week to prevent the risk of infection to Holly. I only had one sonogram two days before labor was induced,
BIRTH – January 1993
I had wanted to get pregnant for a few years and had been on fertility medication prior to conceiving. I was very sick throughout the pregnancy but extremely happy. I would dance (as well as my bulging body would allow) and sing “Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, do-be-do-be-do-do, I knew that I would, now….So good, so good, I got you.” Although I read the “What to Expect…” series and we went to pre-natal classes we weren’t prepared – I didn’t even have my bag packed!