The day I found I was pregnant for the third time (two previous miscarriages) I was scared, excited, HAPPY. My husband and I are what you would call high school sweethearts, married young. After the first two pregnancies, this one was unexpected. My pregnancy was really uneventful, with the exception of the last 4 months. I kept feeling sudden movements, then none. I would be so sick, my stomach kept feeling tight, tight, however I was told numerous times nothing was wrong. Every appointment my husband and I held our breaths waiting to hear a heartbeat,
Cameron was born on September 28th, 2002. He was born missing his left hand below the wrist. He is now 3 years old and goes about like any other three year old child. He is currently starting to play hockey thanks to his hockey device he received from his prosthetic center recently. I once thought I could not handle the guilt of my child being born missing a limb, but have since realized it’s not something we did, it was God who has special plans for him.
My son Christopher was born on February 18th 2004. I knew he was perfect before I even saw him. As they were cleaning him after delivery I looked over at him and saw that on his left hand that his middle and ring fingers looked like toes, and that his pinky and pointer were a little smaller than the fingers on his right hand. I asked my husband why is his hand that way, and all Mike could say was there is nothing wrong honey he is beautiful.
My son Cody was born July 29, 1999, with amniotic band syndrome affecting his left hand. He had a normal thumb, but all the other fingers looked like a mitten. Cody was my second child, the pregnancy was normal up until the 4th month. When I went to my first ultrasound, the doctors said they saw something floating in the amniotic sac, and at that time said there was nothing to worry about it had not attached itself and everything at that time looked fine.
Elizabeth was born on March 11th, 2007. She was born missing part of her fingers on her right hand. She has a thumb, but it is much thicker than her other hand. Her other four fingers are curled and very short. I had no idea that anything was wrong with my baby until she was born.
She came one month early, to the day, and as I was on the operating table, my husband came back to me after seeing Elizabeth for the first time.
Emma was born January 8th 2008. Up until the time she was born I had never heard of Amniotic Band Syndrome. We had over ten ultrasounds throughout my pregnancy and I still have copies of them. Looking back at them I have no idea how I couldn’t have seen it. She was born with little nubs instead of fingers on her right hand. Thankfully she has half of her thumb bone.
Needless to say I was shocked after she was born.
Her name is Gift. Stella, Gift’s Mum, says: “Immediately after she was born, we saw this little girl as a Gift from God.” Gift is three. Her foot is severely turned in as a club foot, and is already hard and roughly scarred. The fingers on one hand are almost gone, on the other they are deformed. Above Gift’s right knee, the flesh is constricted, as if pulled tight by a rubber band. Tell tale Amniotic Band syndrome. When you see Gift bravely walk on the stump of her foot,
My daughter Hannah was not a planned pregnancy at all, but later on she became the best thing that has ever happen to my husband and me. I was going to school in Southern University in Illinois, one day in the middle of October I had extreme pain in my abdominal area. I went to the ER where I found out that I was pregnant. They first thought that she was eptopic, but three weeks later she was in the right place. Though I did still have uncomfortable cramping through those next few weeks,
I was a high risk pregnancy because I was only 4 foot 8 inches tall but beside that my pregnancy was normal. I had a very healthy pregnancy and was very happy to be pregnant again with my second child. I had many visits to the doctors office and many ultra sounds and never once did we notice the amniotic band.
I went in for my Dr. visit 5 days before my scheduled C-section. The Dr. said I was dilated 2 centimeters and sent me to the hospital to have Haylee that night.
Hello, my name is Alice. I live in the UK and I am the young Mum of Holly…
We first found out about Holly having ABS, a few hours after she was born on the 30th June 2007. My midwives had never heard of it.. We did not expect anything and nothing had appeared on the scans. It was a total shock. We were sent to our nearest hospital a few hours later (because I had Holly at home)and basically when we got there that’s all that they said really.