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A doctor came in and introduced herself. I liked

Her. She said kindly, but firmly, that my baby was telling her something. She

Said that my baby was telling her she was not happy in the environment she was

In. She needed to come of out of my belly as

Soon as possible. I remember asking my

Midwife if I could have a regular delivery instead of a c-section (you see how

Clearly I was thinking?). Looking back that makes me laugh now – midwife: “you

Need an emergency c-section”, me: “yeah I don’t want a c-section, can I have a

Natural delivery?” midwife:“no, you don’t have a choice”, me: “oh, okay.”. Then

Came the tears…”we aren’t ready for her to come yet, we don’t even have anywhere


For her to sleep!” and then I remembered that it was adamantly made clear during

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Our birthing classes that they would not deliver any baby before 36 weeks. They

Had said they just didn’t have the capability to support an infant under 36

Weeks. When I cried this to the midwife, she said, “we don’t have a choice. She

Needs to come out now.” the doctor was going to deliver my baby.

I had one nurse that stayed with me the entire time

After the surgery. She had not been there the day before. She put warm heavy

Blankets on me. I was given pain medication. I tried to rest, but I wanted to

Hear how tennyson was doing. My husband said that once tenn had been in the

Nursery for just a few minutes that they determined she needed to be air lifted

To the children’s hospital in louisville. My midwife snapped a picture of her

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And brought it to me. They called for a transport team and it took them at least

An hour and a half for them to arrive. Before they left with her, they brought

Her in for me to meet her. They said they needed to leave so I only had a couple

Minutes with her. I couldn’t hold her. She was in an isolette with cords and

Tubes all around. It was such an awkward way to meet my baby – everyone staring

At our first moment together, watching me, and hearing my first words to her. I

Didn’t know what to say. But I know I told her I loved her. She looked nothing

Like I imagined. She had dark hair and dark eyes. She didn’t look well. She

Didn’t move or blink. She just stared right through me. I touched her hand and

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Her limp little fingers. Then they took her. My husband came in the room and sat

With me. Some friends that were pregnant as well came in after their pregnancy

Class had finished (which we were supposed to attend that day). Right about that

Time the pain medicine kicked in and I don’t even remember our conversation. I

Do remember looking out the window of our hospital room and seeing the

Helicopter flying away with my baby.

Tennsyon shortly after

Arriving at the kosair children’s hospital

I was released and arrived at the children’s

Hospital. Tennyson’s seizures were mostly under control. The apnea had stopped.

She already looked better than the pictures I had seen of her. She was hooked up

To a video EEG to monitor any seizures that might be occurring that we couldn’t

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See. She slept most of the time, but had moments of being awake. That day was

Like a crash course at medical school. Nurses explained what the alarms were

Doing and why, while neonatologists and

Neurologists gave us updates. One doctor that my husband warned me about took my

Husband and me to a small room. My husband told me this doctor had a sobering

Way of talking about the future. He told us we needed to be prepared for a long

Road ahead and that we needed to start thinking about tennyson’s future in terms

Of her quality of life. I remember he said that it was just too bad that this

Happened to us. He said we looked like nice people. He already knew that

Tennyson had a brain injury and that we were in for years of developmental

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Delays. My husband and I were still hoping this was just temporary and she would

Be fine.