NewsRadio Savannah introduces you to the Daughtry-White family and their Ronald McDonald House Of The Coastal Empire experience:
Our story begins on January 20, 2020, the day I found out that I was pregnant. I immediately scheduled my first prenatal appointment for a couple weeks later. At 7 weeks pregnant, I went in for my first ultrasound and everything seemed normal, but I continued to feel sick throughout my pregnancy, going to the doctor’s office 2-3 times a week.
On Wednesday, July 29th, I went in for an ultrasound and they found that my amniotic fluid was low. I was rushed from the ultrasound appointment to my doctor’s office. After I was examined, they told me I needed to go to the high-risk obstetrician in Savannah the next day. The doctor also sent me to the maternity center, where an ultrasound revealed that my fluid was at one percent and my baby wasn't moving the way she should have been. In light of that information, my doctor told me that instead of going to the high-risk obstetrician, I need an immediate emergency c-section.
I had my daughter that day at 29 weeks into my pregnancy. She was growth restricted and closer to the size she should have been at 26 weeks. She was taken by ambulance to the Dwaine and Cynthia Willet Children’s Hospital in Memorial Hospital the night she was born, while I was released from the hospital the next day. I travelled to Savannah immediately to see her and my husband.
Once I arrived in Savannah, I spent two days in Memorial Hospital for postpartum preeclampsia. I was released from the hospital again that Sunday and the Ronald McDonald House called the very next day to offer us a room in the House. My husband and I checked in that day – he was able to stay with me for a couple of weeks, but I ended up staying for a little over a month while our daughter remained in the hospital.
In total, my daughter spent 2 months in in the hospital. I’m so grateful for the Ronald McDonald House – it allowed us to stay close to our daughter, with meals provided and a place to rest. I also got to meet people while I was staying there that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. While I was sad during much of my time at the House, it was because of the situation I was in. However, meeting other families in similar situations and talking about what was going on with our children helped us get through it.
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