The beautiful Melissa Harry with her son Payton (18 months). Melissa had struggled with infertility before she was able to conceived Payton due to PCOS and other issues. She had been having treatments and still wasn't getting pregnant, so decided to take a break for the summer. It was at the appointment she intended to tell her doctor that an ultrasound revealed her pregnancy. She and her husband were over the moon. Her pregnancy continued, and she was able to remain relatively healthy throughout. She was very sick and ended up losing 10 lbs her first trimester. She only gained 8 lbs during her pregnancy, and everything went well until her third trimester when her blood pressure became an issue. She had been feeling really terrible for a few days and coincidently had a mandatory screening at work that revealed her blood pressure was 190/90, and she was urged to go to the hospital. She had an appointment coming up so tried to hold off but ultimately made her way to labor and delivery to determine what was going on. They put her on a 24-hour observation due to her blood pressure being over 200. She was given Ambien to help her sleep, and her husband went home for the evening. At about 1:30 in the morning her blood pressure spiked further and three nurses rushed in to give her medicine, start a catheter, magnesium sulfate and put pads on her bed in case she had a seizure. She tried to call her husband but she had had some Ambien-induced "drunk dials" earlier in the evening, and he didn't realize what was really happening. Thankfully, a nurse was finally able to call and get him back to the hospital. They tried to induce labor through cervical ripening twice but it didn't take. Melissa had been told previously that a cesarean delivery was possible due to a small pelvic opening so when her doctor came in the next morning and said they were going to deliver her baby she wasn't totally surprised even though she was still only 36 weeks. After Payton was born, they brought him to Melissa but he was struggling to breathe so they took him to NICU. Because she had to be on magnesium sulfate for 24 hours after delivery, they kept her in Labor and Delivery. She couldn't see her baby and was told to stay in a dark, quiet room to minimize her stress but being alone only heightened her anxiety. She was so out of it she couldn't reach the NICU didn't understand everything that was going on. She was transferred to antipartum the next day and was able to finally see Payton again, but she didn't get hold him until he was 2 days old. Just after that, she learned she had contracted Norovirus and was unable again to see her boy. She went home and tried to pump for him but with all she'd been through wasn't able to produce. 12 days later Payton was able to come home. Melissa has struggled with guilt and anxiety and while she has joined a support group and gotten better with medication, is still scared to get pregnant again. She hopes that participating in the project will put that chapter to a close and allow her to move on past the trauma related to her entrance to motherhood.