My Nursing Experience: How Our Twins Overcame the Odds

I spent the greater part of my life in nursing. I started as an ICU nurse then moved into travel nursing and lived everywhere from the Virgin Islands to the Carolinas. My nursing experience trained me for many situations. However, no clinical education existed to help my wife, Parissa, and I navigate the tumultuous journey of our sons’ birth.

Twice the Excitement

Vince, Parissa, Leo, and Rocky Baiera

In summer 2021, we went to the Caribbean Islands. It was during this trip that we discovered we were expecting. The timing was perfect, and we spent the rest of our trip radiating about this thrilling news. We were so excited!

Early on, Parissa mentioned her symptoms, like nausea, felt more severe and asked me, “Does anyone have twins in our family?” She playfully thought she was carrying either a larger baby or twins.

At an ultrasound appointment, we told the technician we didn’t want to know the baby’s sex. Turns out it was still too early to tell what the baby’s sex was, but the technician had other news.

The technician shielded the screen and said, “You’re going to have twice as many reasons to be excited. You’re having twins.” Parissa was right, and we were so elated. We later discovered we were having two boys, and our family was finally complete.

The Unexpected

The pregnancy was going great until one day when Parissa experienced vaginal bleeding. As new parents, we were afraid — afraid the babies could be hurt. An examination revealed that she experienced a subchorionic hematoma. Our doctors mentioned this can sometimes occur in first or second trimesters, so we left feeling less concerned.

One week later, Parissa thought her water broke, but she didn’t have any other symptoms. Our appointment with our obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) was in a couple days, so we waited, trying to remain optimistic.

Our OBGYN did an ultrasound and that was when our fears were validated. Her water broke at only 14 weeks. We were devastated.

We were referred to a perinatologist, a specialist for high-risk pregnancies. The specialist said the condition Parissa had was previable premature rupture of membranes, a rare condition where a rupture occurs in the amniotic sac. At only 14 weeks, we faced the devastating news that the pregnancy may not be viable and the idea that one of our sons may not survive.

Two options were presented to us — terminate the entire pregnancy or undergo a procedure called selective reduction. This procedure would “reduce” the baby whose water broke, and the mother would carry on with the other child. This was a choice no parent wants to make.

We decided to consider selective reduction. However, both babies still had a heart rate and because of that, the specialist wanted to try and monitor their progress while Parissa was on bedrest. Our family’s future was unknown, but this provided some hope.

Let’s Keep Trying

Parissa continued bedrest for the next five months, which became a challenging part of our journey.

The earlier rupture caused her body to continually produce amniotic fluid. Because …read more

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