The amazing Aurora Watson and Aiden (6.5 months).
Just as Aurora and her husband were ready to start trying to grow their family, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. They had to postpone their plans so that he could start treatment and get well. Thankfully, he was able to improve and they decided to take a break from his medication so they could try to conceive. Aurora was so thankful to conceive right away but soon learned that the pregnancy was ectopic. She was given medication to end the pregnancy which she had a poor reaction to and ended up in the ER. They needed to operate and learned that Aurora had an issue with her fallopian tubes they were able to resolve at the same time.
They were advised to wait awhile before trying again but knew that the window before her husband needed to go back on his medications was closing quickly. Unfortunately, his numbers began to become concerning and they were advised to bank sperm so could resume treatment. Amazingly, the day that he went back on his medication, Aurora learned that she was pregnant.
Pregnancy itself had it's ups and downs but both Aurora and Aiden remained healthy. She had been hoping to have a medication and intervention free birth but after 16 hours of labor the decision was made to deliver via cesarean. Aiden had become so entangled in his cord it was ultimately the safest option for them. They stayed in the hospital for five days for observation but everyone recovered and breastfeeding has been going well.
Aurora hopes that more women can feel empowered through having children. The shine of pregnancy and birth often fades away postpartum and we need to embrace that so much more. "Every body is different but they're all beautiful. Your beauty is in who you are and your experiences only serve to enrich that."