“They Wanted Me to Terminate But I Couldn’t” — Baby Jesse is Proof That There is Always Hope

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“I was desperate for hope,” explained Smith, “but they told me there was none and that our son couldn’t survive. They wanted me to terminate but I couldn’t.”

After being sent home from the hospital with the doctor’s advice to prepare for the worst, Smith discovered a Facebook page called Little Heartbeats. The creator of the page works to raise awareness for the pre-term rupture of membranes and offers advice for parents experiencing the fear of such a situation.

Smith did everything the parents on the site told her to try including drinking extra water every day, bed rest, and requesting steroids to help her baby’s lungs develop.

Thanks to this advice, Smith was able to hold labor off for almost 10 more weeks. Despite the risk of infection for her and her baby, and even though her baby boy Jesse was non-responsive at birth, the little boy survived.

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 “I owe his life to that Facebook page that told me what to do and I followed every scrap of information I could find when the doctors had given up,” Smith told The Sun. “To go into delivery being told to prepare for your baby to be stillborn is horrific, and to come out with a healthy baby is unimaginable.”

The baby boy gave his parents a scare because he wasn’t breathing when he was first born, but he finally gave out a faint cry that shocked everyone. Despite the odds stacked against him, he is now a healthy one-year-old.

“He is a miracle, there’s no doubt about it in my mind,” said Smith. “[…] I want other mothers to know there is always hope. Jesse is living proof.”


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Save the Storks exists to partner with pregnancy resource centers and give abortion-vulnerable women a choice that will change their lives forever. We partner with pregnancy resource centers all over the nation, providing them with powerful tools and training to more effectively connect with those women in their communities. With the support of people like you, we have built over 50 Stork Buses that reach women near abortion clinics, on college campuses, in rural areas and inner cities. And here’s a statistic you’ll want to share with friends and family: four out of five women who board a Stork Bus, see their baby on the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat, choose life.