Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Woman with double uterus delivers twins

Wow. I just read this article about Andreea Barbosa, a 24-year-old woman who just became mom to twins, each born from one of her two uteruses. 

Again. Wow.

Almost as exciting as finding out I was pregnant

Seriously. I know it doesn't make any sense, but I pressed the "Send" button to send the first draft of my seminar paper off to my advisor and I got tears in my eyes. I've got that sensation of something big and exciting that's happening... Finding out I was pregnant (all 6 times) is the only thing I can compare it to (OK, perhaps with the exception of Nomi's pregnancy that included the shock element). There's also the uncertainty - will he like it? Will I have to make a lot of changes? But no matter how many changes he asks for, I know that I'm going to finally finish the degree I started back in 1985.

1985. I was 16 years old, after graduating high school a year early (I'd skipped kindergarten too). I moved to Israel on my own and went to the preparatory program for overseas students. After that, I studied nursing for a little over a year before I dropped out. I studied graphics briefly (completed a course) and then got an associates degree in printing (finished in 1990). But I had to go back to school after that... I took my first course at the Open University in the fall of 1995, just when I found out I was pregnant with Matan and Lilach. Since then it's been on and off for (wow!) 16 years.

My seminar paper (the topic of which is ethical aspects of commercial cord blood banking) was my last requirement. I still haven't submitted the final version to the university, but I'm most of the way there - and now I have no excuse not to move ahead with so many other things that I've put on hold. YAY!

and BTW - if you're considering banking your newborn's cord blood and you don't have a specific reason to do so, send an email or leave a comment. I can direct you to the information you need to make an informed decision.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A baby after cervical cancer

Dina Sela-Bracha and her husband became parents to little baby Keren last week (see article in Hebrew).

A few years a go, Dina had heavier than normal bleeding and discovered she had cervical cancer. The first medical center she went to, recommended a complete hysterectomy, including both ovaries. She decided to get a second opinion.

She ended up with her uterus and ovaries intact, but with a 1cm long cervix - not long enough to hold a pregnancy. When she found out she was pregnant, it became clear that she would need a special type of cerclage, which required her to fly from Israel to the US for the surgery.

According to the article, she was on bed rest from 36 weeks and then had a planned c-section. This is only the third case in Israel in which a woman carries a pregnancy successfully following recovery from cervical cancer.

Congratulations to the Sela-Bracha family!!!