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High-Risk Pregnancy: Making it Through the Storm

After enduring two miscarriages, 38 year-old Cori Huston and her husband Brett were blessed with a baby boy. Anxious to have more children and worried that their window was closing, they decided to try again just six months later and were successful in conceiving.

An ultrasound early in the pregnancy revealed a surprise: Cori was pregnant with triplets. A follow-up ultrasound a few weeks later, however, revealed something else – a large blood clot in Cori’s uterus. Cori’s pregnancy was now classified as high-risk.

She was referred to Dr. Margaret Carr, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Dr. Carr explained that other than rest and observation, there isn’t much that can be done about such blood clots. She told Cori to take it easy.

All went well until at 19 weeks. The clot ruptured the amniotic sac of one of the babies. Cori was hospitalized at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph for observation. After a few days and no infection, Dr. Carr sent Cori home with orders for strict bed rest. “I had to keep close tabs on my temperature,” recalls Cori. “Every day there was the possibility of getting an infection.”

Two weeks later, her fears were realized. Cori developed a high fever. It looked as though the babies would have to be delivered by C-section even though, at 22 weeks, they still weren’t viable. Dr. Carr, however, opted to postpone the surgery, Cori recalled. “I’m so glad she decided to wait. It turned out I had an upper respiratory infection, not a uterine infection.” Cori was sent back home.

At 24 weeks Cori was hospitalized on bed rest. The pregnancy continued. With each passing week, the nurses updated Cori on the increasing chances of survival for her babies. “Every day was a gift,” Cori says. “Every day we were one step closer to my babies being born healthy.”

Finally, at 30 weeks, the babies could wait no more. Cori went into labor. Shortly thereafter, her three babies – two boys and a girl – were born. “Willem, the baby whose water broke at 19 weeks, was put onto an Oscillator for about three or four days,” explains Cori. An oscillator is a special ventilator that gently vibrates instead of blows air into a newborn’s lungs. “Max and Avery were put on regular ventilators.” Each of the babies weighed less than three pounds.

Lung and brain scans came back normal. All was well. Nearly three months later, Willem, Max and Avery headed home. Today, all three are thriving.

Cori credits the staff at St. Joseph with helping her through it all. “Dr. Carr and the nurses are all so calm and confident,” says Cori. “They transfer that peacefulness to you. We have nothing but wonderful things to say about our experience.”

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