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Beth and Bryan Expect the Unexpected

As many expectant parents, do, Beth Hirn and her husband, Bryan, prepared a birth plan for their son Westin. But their plan was much more complex than most.They met with specialists and toured neonatal intensive care units (NICUs); planned a C-section; discussed medical interventions; prepared for the fact that he might not make it; and more.

“We had our 20-week ultrasound with Westin, and our regular OB had thought that he had a diaphragmatic hernia …

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Nora began to fight for her life as soon as she was whisked away at birth

Gastroschisis success story

“I knew that my baby would be taken from me as soon as she delivered, but nothing prepares you for that,” said Brandy.  “I didn’t even get to see her when she was born and I didn’t know if she was going to live or die.  Dayton Children’s transport was there on scene waiting for her arrival and I got to touch her little hand for just a minute before they took her to their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

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Constant Care Eases Worries

Emily Seagraves with her son Nixon.

Nixon Seagraves is a typical toddler – all boy. It’s something that Emily and her husband, Joby, doubt they’ll ever take for granted – not after all that Nixon has been through.

In the beginning Emily’s pregnancy was normal, then her life changed during a third trimester ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed that the ventricles in Nixon’s brain – the structures that hold spinal fluid – were twice as large as normal for his stage of development.

Only a few causes of severe

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