Since the coronavirus won’t let Bob visit his pregnant wife at the hospital, he’s bringing date nights to her just outside her window
“On March 23rd, Shona’s water broke at 5 months [into her pregnancy],” Bob told. “She had what’s called a preterm premature rupture of membranes, PPROM.”
In this condition, the sac (amniotic membrane) surrounding the baby breaks (ruptures) before week 37 of pregnancy. Once the sac breaks, the mother has an increased risk of infection. There’s also a higher chance of having your baby born early.
Bob said the couple still don’t know why. Sadly, this applies to most cases of PPROM.
”It happened while we were working on our nursery. We had less than a 1% chance the baby would make it.”
Bob and Shona were devastated. However, their baby turned out to be a fighter. As Shona was staying in bed, days turned into weeks and by week 23, doctors considered the couple’s son viable. Shona was admitted to the hospital on April 13 and was put on bed rest until the baby enters the world.
The husband said he remembers the day before his wife went into the hospital. They were both sobbing and he was thinking about how Shona could possibly be going through this without him by her side. The situation was very sad and scary but they just focused on the baby and tried to make the best of the whole ordeal.
Shona’s water broke on March 23rd, 5 months into her pregnancy
At first, the couple communicated through FaceTime and Zoom but that wasn’t enough. So, Bob started to visit his wife at her window. “The outpouring of love and support from our family, community, and clients has helped a lot. Sharing our story, our love and hope have given us that love and hope right back. We have a strong spiritual practice as well that keeps us grounded and connected,” he said.
She was at home on bed rest for 3 weeks
And was admitted to the hospital on April 13
The couple were told there’s a less than 1% chance the baby would make it
But they’ve been holding tight, refusing to accept those odds
The nurses are in on it as well, taking care of Shona physically and emotionally
Bob and Shona are both relationship coaches and this story is a perfect example of what they preach and practice with their clients
They also set up a GoFundMe to help cover Shona’s long hospital stay