The stunning Sarah Martens and Piper (4).
Sarah was having a very healthy and enjoyable pregnancy until she was about 34 weeks and her doctor grew concerned with Piper's size. She was diagnosed with IUGR and watched closely for the next couple of weeks before she was induced and delivered at 39 weeks. When Piper was born they thought that based on single palm crease and eye shape that she may have had Down Syndrome but all of the testing came back negative.
Piper's life since has been full of specialists and tests without many answers since. They have seen geneticists and endocrinologists and everything has come back negative. After three years of physical therapy Piper has recently learned how to walk and Sarah says that she has learned along the way to simply be the parent that Piper needs rather than compare to other children's trajectories.
There is so much unnecessary stigma surrounding our bodies and their functions in our society and Sarah hopes that by sharing our stories and talking about these things we can work to normalize these things for our children's generation.