The beautiful Jamie Bourgeois and Vera (4). Jamie says that Vera was very much wanted and planned. She and her husband were just tiptoeing into fertility treatments when things fell in place for her. Vera was conceived the month Jamie began progesterone supplements and made some changes in her life. She had cut back her work hours to part time, started exercising and was finally able to get pregnant and stay pregnant.
Pregnancy went along without any problem. She woke in the middle of the night as her water broke and she knew that at only 31 weeks that was a concern. The plan was to admit her and get to 34 weeks but things moved very quickly and Vera was born that day. Vera had a 6 week NICU stay and Jamie decided to leave her job to stay with her after discharge. Vera had some developmental delays and needed therapies to help her reach her full potential. Jamie says she's doing very well today but credits that to being able to stay home with her to work her therapies and develop her socialization.
Jamie developed terrible postpartum depression in the time after Vera was born and ultimately had to be hospitalized and start medication, which she says is the best thing she's ever done. Once the medication worked for her she realized that she had likely been dealing with depression in a functional way since puberty. She has made the choice to stay medicated and is feeling great. Once she took the medication she realized that things in her head just weren't negative anymore.
As a former midwife, Jamie knows first hand how pregnancy, birth and postpartum can bring the physical and emotional stories and complexities within women. She wanted to be part of that dialogue and leave a legacy for her beautiful daughter.