Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful for God's Protection

Today's Thankful Thursday post is very specific for me. I am thankful for my daughters, Olivia and Madeline. When I say I am a mother to two miracle daughters, I don't use that word lightly.

Last night I found Cynthiaa at Confessions of a Yummy Mummy. Cynthiaa was just 2 weeks away from her due date when she learned that her beautiful baby boy had died of cord strangulation. They delivered him and she is obviously in tremendous pain. She is relying on God to help her through & I hope you will all stop by with love and encouragement, lifting her up in your prayers.

The reason this struck a chord with me is because BOTH of my girls were born with cords wrapped around their necks. Olivia's cord was wrapped around her neck - twice! Because of the cord she couldn't fully expel the fluids from her lungs. She stayed absolutely awake for 24 hours, unable to breathe well, until they pumped the fluid out of her lungs the next day.

Madeline was a different story. She went into fetal distress after 30 hours of labor, causing the doctor to order a C-section. Fortunately, I was close enough to delivery and she was tiny enough, that we were able to push her out in a few pushes. Not only was the cord wrapped around her neck twice, but it was in a "true knot." This is a rare incident occuring 0.3% of the time and means Madeline literally swam in a circle and tied the umbilical cord in a knot. The doctor was amazed that she had made it OK through so many hours of laboring.

As I reflected on Cynthiaa's heartbreaking story, I was again amazed at God's hand of protection over both girls through difficult conceptions, pregnancies and deliveries. Please keep Cynthiaa and her family in your prayers today.

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Denise said...

I will be praying.

Jenileigh said...

This breaks my heart, I simply cannot imagine. I pray the Lord hold her tightly and comfort her in ways that only He can.

Thanks for sharing your stories too, very very touching...

Joyfull said...

My heart is also torn for the pain of this dear lady. May she know the healing and comforting presence of the Lord. My last son had the cord wrapped around his neck also and his heartbeat stopped once during labor and again during delivery. How thankful I also am for God's blessings.

Daniel's Mom said...

Oh wow. I didn't know that. What a miracle God performed on them both! We are expecting again too!

Praise and Coffee said...

I'm so sorry for your friend's loss and I can see why you are so thankful. :)

Thanks for visiting, I wish you were in Michigan too!

Susan said...

My niece just lost her son this exact way last month. 2 weeks before her due date.

Please pray, she's not a Christian and very upset with God!