Stuff.co.nz 10 April 2014
Marinda Brits and Norman Holleman would not have their miracle baby if they’d followed a midwife’s advice to have an abortion.
The Auckland residents got devastating news in November when Brits was 21 weeks pregnant.
A scan showed low amniotic fluid levels surrounding the baby boy and they were told he was dying and they’d have to arrange an abortion.
But the expectant parents refused to give up hope.
”We knew our baby was fighting for his life and we were going to fight with him,” Holleman says.
Their healthy son Liam was born on March 1, the same birth date as their two-year-old son Jayden, and they now want to make sure other parents are aware of the options for babies with low amniotic fluid.
The couple visited Auckland Hospital’s woman’s assessment unit for a second opinion the day after getting the initial news and Brit says she could feel her son kicking inside her the whole time.
They were told children can still be born with little fluid however there’s a high risk of deformation and the brain, lungs and kidneys may not develop properly.