The phenomenal Stavena Lori Foster with her youngest of 4, Sophia (2). Stavena is also mama to Olivia (20), Garrett (19) and Abigaile (12). Stavena had a relatively healthy pregnancy with her first, she never went into labor and had to be induced. After just 8 hours Olivia was born. Garrett's pregnancy was a little more complicated and near term, Stavena's water started leaking. Doctors wouldn't listen to her that anything was wrong and Garrett was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia rendering him blind. He also suffered brain damage during his delivery resulting in life long special needs. Abigaile's pregnancy was much better and although she was another induction came very fast.
Stavena has battled bulimia her whole life and suffered through an very abusive relationship. Her life was at risk due to the abuse and she lost custody of Abigaile. She even attempted suicide multiple times due to severe depression but Stavena credits Sophia for saving her life. It was learning that she was pregnant with her that caused her to stop the abuse. She went off her meds for depression, stopped shock treatments and got her bulimia under control. Stavena's most recent pregnancy was slightly more difficult due to her age but she refused to be treated as high risk due to her "advanced maternal age" or "old uterus". She went into labor naturally this time and progressed very quickly at home. Sophia had to be born via emergency cesarean due to distress but was completely healthy. Stavena has completely changed her parenting methods and is grateful that her life has been so changed through Sophia.