GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Melanie Moore was already 18 weeks along when she found out she was pregnant. Seven short weeks later, baby Alexandria was on her way
"I was more scared than nervous. Not necessarily for me, but for my baby’s sake," said Melanie Moore, Alexandria's Mom. "I was admitted five days before I had her."
At a routine checkup, doctors noticed Melanie’s blood pressure was high and diagnosed her with preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinura.
After the diagnosis, Melanie was admitted.
"They tell you a lot about what the baby can have. It's basically a 50/50 chance of your baby surviving," Moore said.
For the five days Melanie was in the hospital, she was put on a monitor about twice a day for 20 minutes a session to make sure there was no stress on baby Alexandria. One day, doctors saw something they didn't like, so they monitored her for about two hours before sending her to labor and delivery.
"It was nerve racking, I couldn’t even call him," Moore said.
Dave Biebel, Alexandria's father, was about a half hour away when he got the call. Doctors had to act quickly and couldn't wait for his arrival.
"A lot of things go through your head when you get that phone call," Biebel said.
"People swarmed in the room. I couldn’t have time to process anything. Everything was happening so fast," Moore said.
Biebel arrived just in time: "I got there about a minute and a half before they pulled her out."
The couple was relieved once they heard Alexandria.
"I did hear her cry," Moore said.
"I was just trying to focus on what was going on. I was shaking so bad. It was so emotional," Biebel said.
At 2:06 p.m. April 26, Alexandria was born. At only 25 weeks, she weighed 1-pound-6 ounces.
"We had to wait a week before we could hold her," Moore said.
Alexandria hasn’t yet seen the outside of the NICU. But, now weighing in at more than 13-pounds, her time is coming.
It’s been an almost 6-month journey for this family and being from Big Rapids the commute would almost be impossible. The Ronald McDonald House takes away the day to day worry for families going through the worst time of their life.
"It’s nice to have a caring place that’s here to help and listen to you," Biebel said.. "The stories we share between the family members, we all have the same story to tell."
The Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan takes away the day to day worries for families going through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
"It helps having someone to relate to or know what you’re going through," Moore said.
They now can focus on Alexandria getting better and know they have a safe, close, place to lay their head until she does.
"There’s nothing I would change. Now, whatever anyone could possibly throw at us we know we can handle it," Biebel said.
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