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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - The Miracle of Maia

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It is families like Maia’s that make me realize how incredibly blessed I am to have this job. Maia’s mom Guadalupe bravely shares her story as a guest blogger. What this family has endured I can not even begin to fathom. Thank you for trusting me with sharing your story. What a wonderful reminder that miracles still happen!

My husband and I were very excited the day we found out I was pregnant with our first child, Maia. The pregnancy was uneventful until the last trimester came rolling around. I remember feeling exhausted, swollen, and breathless. At the time, I thought my symptoms were normal and related to the pregnancy.

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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 my husband drove me to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center because I was experiencing chest pain and heart palpitations. I was 34 weeks pregnant with my daughter. During the intake evaluation, the nurse and doctors noticed my heart was racing at 208 beats per minute. The hospital staff immediately paged my OBGYN, he rushed to the hospital and performed an emergency c-section. My daughter was delivered safely and was transported to the NICU since she was born prematurely.

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I survived three cardiac arrests that night: one during delivery and two more in the ICU. My dear husband observed as the doctors performed CPR determined to keep me alive. I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. My heart was severely damaged and the echocardiogram revealed a reduced ejection fraction of 10%. The odds were stacked against us.

The morning after my daughter’s delivery, the doctors decided to try ECMO life support in hopes of keeping me alive long enough to find a donor heart. I was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center for further treatment while my daughter stayed behind in the NICU of Mercy Gilbert.

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On July 7, 2018 I was transported to Mayo Clinic for further observation and evaluation. During my time there, the doctors performed various tests and determined that my ejection fraction had improved significantly. ECMO treatment was working! On July 11, 2018 I was weaned off ECMO life support and my heart was holding strong.

My daughter and I were both discharged from our respective hospitals on July 16, 2018. I remember crying and feeling nervous on the drive home, I was finally going to get to meet my baby. I felt a sense of relief and joy the minute I held her in my arms. I thank God every day for giving me a second chance at life. I am thankful for having the opportunity to raise my daughter. Miracles do exist and we are living proof of it.

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Patiently Waiting for Baby Scott

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Patiently Waiting for Baby Scott

Leah and Bobby had prayed for a baby for a long time. After disappointment, loss and heartache they didn't know that God was going to bless them in a miracoulous way.

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Meet Lillian

Phoenix Newborn Photographer  

Meet Lillian

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Lillian has to be one of the sweetest babies I have ever met. She’s always full of smiles! Almost a year later, I haven’t seen this little girl without a smile on her face. She is always so happy! I can definitely say that is something she got from both of her parents, especially her mom. Regina is never negative, the glass is always half full and she always as a joke or two up her sleeve. Her laughter like Lillian’s is contagious. I met Lillian’s mom when we worked together at a local furniture company designing living rooms! This was before I finally decided to take the plunge and go full time with my business. I remember her looking at me saying “When I finally have a baby you are going to take their pictures”, and it totally happened.

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But life wasn’t always rainbows and sunshine’s for Regina, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with Lillian she had the scare of a lifetime. She suffered from a spontaneous epiderma hematoma in her spine from C4-C7. Surgery was her only option, and with this surgery came risks, not only to Regina but baby Lillian who was still growing inside. Before surgery she was already starting to have trouble with losing feeling and it was starting to spread throughout her body. Regina had a partial laminectomy where a small bone sliver was removed and the hematoma was sucked out. Without this life saving surgery, she would have been paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors think that it was a combination of  her excessive morning sickness causing the blood vessels to weaken with an explosive burst in blood pressure, and then moving the wrong way that caused the blood vessel to pop. There are less than 20 cases of this condition during pregnancy since 1865.

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Today Regina and Lillian are doing amazingly well, they just pulled off some of the best Halloween costumes I have ever seen. The surgery left Regina with a three inch scar from the base of her head to the top of her shoulders. In Lillian’s newborn session she asked if there would be some way to incorporate it into a photo, as a reminder to both of them how strong they were through this process. When we saw the final product both of us had tears! All I have to say is thank goodness for modern day medicine! It saved two lives that day. And I am so grateful to have both of these beautiful girls in my life. 

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