The phenomenal Chelsea Halverson, mother of Ryan Louise (September 22, 2011), Emma Grace (November 15, 2012) and River McClure (3.5 months - pictured). Chelsea and her husband were married on January 1, 2011 and learned just a few short weeks later that she was pregnant. They were ecstatic but she says the excitement was short lived. At 10 weeks pregnant, they were told that their baby had genetic abnormalities that were incompatible with life and were suddenly faced with a choice: abort their already loved baby or continue the pregnancy knowing that she baby wouldn't come home with them. They initially chose to terminate in part due to family input but after 4 days of failed induction they took it as a sign and they decided to continue the pregnancy until Ryan was ready to arrive. She cherished every kick an hiccup until her daughter was born via cesarean. Ryan lived for two hours and Chelsea and her husband soaked in every second. Five months later, after feeling their family was incomplete they decided to try to get pregnant again and were able to conceive after her first cycle. Devastatingly, at about 12 weeks pregnant, they received the news that their second baby was affected by the same condition that took Ryan. They chose to continue the pregnancy once again and on November 15, 2012 Emma Grace was welcomed earth side via repeat cesarean. She lived for just a few minutes surrounded by family before passing away.
While Chelsea and her husband had decided that they wouldn't risk trying to have another baby after another horrible loss and considered other options such as adoption, they had the surprise of their lives in June 2014. Just as her husband was preparing for a naval deployment she learned she was pregnant. Chelsea was terrified and cried over the unknowns of potentially losing another child. At 12 weeks the baby looked looked healthy, at 20 weeks they learned they were having a healthy boy and 30 weeks, he was still healthy. It wasn't until about 36 weeks that Chelsea truly started to believe that everything would be okay. She had never planned a nursery or purchased baby things with any of her pregnancies knowing she wouldn't be bringing her babies home and she and finally allowed herself to feel some excitement. At 39 weeks, on February 23, 2015 River was born via cesarean, perfectly healthy and happy as ever.
Chelsea says she is incredibly proud of her postpartum body. She loved being pregnant, has grown and birthed three beautiful children and is currently feeding one, she says that every scar reminds her of her time with Ryan, Emma and River and that is worthy of complete celebration.