Below is the story about our baby "Makayla"and what "Makayla's Haven Foundation" is all about. Thank you for taking time to read about our little angel.
On Dec 1, 2002 I had a terrible headache and my blood pressure began to rise I was only 26 weeks.The next thing I knew I was being prepared for an emergency c-section. I was awake during the whole procedure.We heard our baby's first tiny little cry and I was able to see her before she was taken into the ICU Neonatal Unit. She became our life. She was so tiny. She only weighed 1 lb and 4 oz, but she was 11 1/2 inches long.
When I awoke from surgery I anxiously wanted to go see how my baby girl was doing. I was told that she was very strong and she didn't need any assistance with her breathing for the first 12 hours. They only put her on the respirator because they didn't want her to get tired. I was taken to the ICU Neonatal Unit. I walked up to her incubator and saw her tiny little body laying inside with her arm over her head and her little leg up, as if she was sunbathing at the beach. She was getting squashed inside of me, so I could see she really enjoyed her space.
The nurse told me to put my hand inside the incubator and touch her. I was so scared because she was so tiny, but I couldn't wait. I placed my hand inside the incubator and called out her name, "Makayla, Makayla". She began to try to look around and move her little body, but she had these little covers on her eyes. She then reached up with her tiny little hand and grabbed my finger.
Everyday was a challenge for her. She was so amazing and strong. She began to eat formula and she always responded when we went inside NICU to see her. She even opened her little eyes a few times to see us and she gave us a little smile. On the 13th day, she began to have complications with her breathing.
I lost 75% vision in my left eye which doctors could not speculate whether I'd get it back. My blood pressure did not go away after 6 weeks as the doctors said that it should. I became depressed & did not enjoy life the way I used to.
But for some reason God saved me. I regained my vision after about 1 year. I have 20/20 vision. I no longer have high blood pressure.
Makayla's Haven was established because when our baby Makayla was in NICU. I made her a promise that we would all leave the hospital together as a family. We checked into the hotel at Huntington Memorial Hospital, so that we could stay close to her 24 hours a day.
During our stay we saw so many parents that were coming at all hours of the night from home and work to see their babies. Some would even sleep in their cars because they could not afford to stay at the hotel. Other parents had to go back to work otherwise they would not get paid. Some parents had other children at home to care for so they commuted back and forth many times a day.
When our baby Makayla passed away and went with God. All we could think about was all of the other parents that were struggling to be with their babies. Makayla made sure those thoughts would never go away .
What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It affects both the mother and the unborn child. Affecting at least 5-8 percent of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure, swelling, and protein in the urine. Sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are closely related conditions. HELLP Syndeome and eclampsia are more severe forms.
Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy a leading global cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 deaths each year.
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Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist families with financial support and help relieve some of the stress, when having a child in the Neonatal ICU.
Assist families lay their child to rest. If, the child passes away due to prematurity complications.
Educate the public about high-risk pregnancies.
Help find a cure for Preeclampsia by supporting research.
To celebrate the lives of mother & child, who have survived high risk pregnancies.
How Makayla's Haven Foundation has Helped Families in Their Time of Need.
-In 2010 we were proud participants in the Inland Empire Walk to Remember.
When we lost our Makayla we felt like if we were the only ones and that nobody could feel our pain the way we did. But we did find a wonderful support group that we could relate to.
It is the SHARE pregnancy & Infant Loss Support they can be reached through their website or 1-800-821-6819 for more information.