Welcome! We wanted to share our story and keep everyone updated on Ayla’s journey.
At 20 weeks, we found out we were blessed with a baby girl and also were told about a small cyst on the placenta and umbilical cord. We had a plan on monitoring it, however did not think much about it. At 22 weeks, I started bleeding at home and we came to Mayo to find out the cyst had grown to 4.5cm and had ruptured. From 23 weeks on we had to come to Mayo for appointments once a week. At this point we were diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction and knew our baby was measuring extremely small. At 28 weeks we found the cyst was restricting the flow of the umbilical cord and it was continuing to grow and was around 6.5cm. From 28 weeks on we had to come to Mayo twice a week for appointments and check ups.
On Monday, we came for our appointment and I was concerned less movement so they admitted us for monitoring. They also measured Baby girl and found she was weighing about 2 pounds and in less than the first percentile, which was concerning. After being monitored Monday and into Tuesday they found our sweet girl was having heart rate dips. They then decided that we needed to get her out, however the cyst and baby size presented it’s own set of risks for delivery. As they were prepping us for a C-Section my blood pressure dropped and baby’s heart rate dropped and wasn’t coming up. They immediately rushed us in for an emergency C-section. After delivery Ayla was on oxygen for a few hours and transferred to Saint Mary’s NICU and I remained at Methodist hospital. After 24 hours I was able to be transferred to Saint Mary’s to be closer to Ayla.
After the ups and downs of this pregnancy, Ayla Grace is our little miracle. Grace, because she is a gift from God. Please pray for our little girl and our family as we have a journey ahead of us.
Ayla Grace was born at 31 weeks. She was 1 pound 10 ounces and 13.1 inches long.