Brianne Greenawalt knows she is incredibly blessed to have two healthy, beautiful children. Pregnancy can be difficult for any woman, but Brianne has something called didelphic uterus that made carrying a child extremely difficult.
Brianne’s case of didelphic uterus means she actually has two uterus’ and two cervixes. She and her husband had a hard time getting pregnant. Once she did get pregnant, she suffered from three miscarriages. Finally in 2010, her first child, Gauge, was born at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. Gauge’s birth was pretty traumatic; he came quite early at 28 weeks and during delivery he ingested fluids that weren’t allowing him to take his first breath.
“When I had my son, there were like 17 people in the room. He wasn’t breathing on his own for the first ten minutes. That was a very long ten minutes,” Brianne says.
And so when Brianne became pregnant again earlier this year, she knew it would be considered high-risk. Her goal this time was to not go into labor until she was at least 32 weeks along. She made it to 32 weeks and a day. And her daughter, she says, came in a flash.
“I started having cramps and my neighbor had to take me to the hospital. I got there around 6:30 p.m. and she was born at 7:02 p.m. If the on-call doctor hadn’t made it, the nurses or nurse practitioners would have been delivering my daughter,” Brianne explains.
Baby Reagan was born on August 23rd, weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces. She stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Aurora Medical Center in Summit for five weeks. Reagan is growing more and more every day and her big brother Gauge watches over her like a good big brother should.
Brianne and her husband know that emergencies can happen during childbirth, they went through it twice. That’s why she is incredibly grateful to have been around experienced caregivers who had the tools and resources they needed to give her babies the absolute best chance at a healthy life.
“We couldn’t have asked for better staff at both hospitals. If it weren’t for them, our lives could have turned out much differently. That kind of training is critical for all of the staff involved,” she says.
You can help ensure babies born at Aurora Medical Center in Summit continue to get the best care possible by attending the Lake Country Gala event. Proceeds from the evening will go toward the purchase of a SimBaby, which is a way for all caregivers involved in labor and delivery to get important training for real life birthing emergencies. Staff at the hospital will also take the SimBaby into the community and train emergency responders who may have to deliver babies outside of the hospital. To purchase a ticket or make a gift, go to give.aurora.org/lakecountrygala.