The phenomenal Elizabeth Brown with her son Joseph (1). Elizabeth is also mama to Maybel Ann who would be 8 this year. When Elizabeth was 11 weeks pregnant with Maybel she learned that her intestines were floating outside her body. When she was 5 1/2 months along her doctor told her to go ahead and have an abortion because the baby would not survive. She didn't believe in abortion, knew her daughter was a fighter and chose to find a new doctor instead. Her daughter was born via emergency cesarean at 35 weeks and even though Elizabeth was torn she would never cry and would not live through the night, she cried as soon as she was born. Her first night was rough but by the next day she was on minimal support. By day 6 she had had two major surgeries. On day 21 Elizabeth was allowed to hold her daughter for the first time and three months after she was born she brought her daughter home. Maybel stopped breathing in her sleep after being home for 17 days, Elizabeth performed CPR, and Maybel was rushed to the ER where Elizabeth learned she had passed away. Maybel lived for 99 days and Elizabeth says her time with her was wonderful.
8 years later she got pregnant again after working with a geneticist to determine if Maybel's birth defects were genetic. She had a very healthy pregnancy but was monitored very closely, in part to help with her fears that something would go wrong. Her doctor was not supportive of a VBAC and after some time Elizabeth decided that it was best to deliver via repeat cesarean. She spoke of the joy at being able to hold her son right away and that continued joy in their relationship is so evident in the way the look at one another.