My husband and I had been believing God for a baby for 5 years, when I found out I had very severe endometriosis. We had gone through 2 rounds of clomid, and had 2 IUI’s at this point and nothing had worked when we found out about it. We went to see 5 different fertility specialists to find out what could be done about the endo and the prognosis was pretty bad. Two of the specialists recommended a hysterectomy because the endo was that severe! We prayed that God would manifest healing in my body. Finally, we saw a specialist who said she could do a deep excision surgery. I underwent surgery to have the painful endometriosis removed in January of 2014 and the surgery took 7 hours! From the surgery, we found out that both of my fallopian tubes had been fused shut from all of the scar tissue from the endometriosis and that my egg quality and egg count had been seriously diminished due to the endo that enveloped both of my ovaries. The doctors thought that I had a case of long-standing endometriosis that had probably been active for about 10 years, but was never diagnosed. We were given a 2-4% chance of conceiving with my own eggs, even with IVF.
After praying about it, we decided to go for a round of IVF, against the advice of our doctors who really wanted us to use donor eggs (and even then, they gave us little hope). We became pregnant in May, 2014 with our first round and were overjoyed!
Our doctors were pretty shocked, but seemed happy for us. We saw our little baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound screen at just 5 weeks, then again at 8 weeks. But, I started spotting right after our 8-week ultrasound and two weeks later, I went through a very painful natural miscarriage. Needless to say, I was devastated and couldn’t understand how a heart could simply stop beating. That’s when I found out about “God’s Plan for Pregnancy” and I began watching all of Nerida’s messages on her Youtube Channel. My faith increased so much and I thank God that I found out about His finished work! My husband and I decided that we wanted to try again.
On December 3, 2014, we had 2 embryos transferred. One was a pretty good quality embryo and the other wasn’t such good quality. However, because of our advanced age, it was recommended that we transfer 2. Our doctor said she’d be floored if both actually “took”. Two weeks later, we found out we were pregant! However, I began bleeding heavily at 6 weeks while at the grocery store. As soon as I saw the bright, red blood, I started crying and got the same sinking feeling I’d had just 5 1/2 months earlier when we miscarried. Almost instantly, though, all of the scriptures I’d heard/learned and the sermons and testimonies I’d seen/heard on Youtube through Nerida’s ministry came to me. I began saying scriptures out loud and standing on God’s word that we wouldn’t lose our pregnancy. My husband and I rushed to the ER and the bleeding got worse. We continued praying and believing; quoting scriptures together. I was taken to have an internal ultrasound after waiting in the ER for about 2 hours. I prayed the entire time I was having the ultrasound, as the screen was turned away from me by the ultrasound tech. When I was wheeled back to the ER hospital room, the devil tried to tell me, “Well, it’s happening again. Get ready for them to tell you that your baby is dead”. I began rebuking the devil and proclaiming God’s word over and over again. Finally, the doctor came to the room and announced that there were 2 strong heartbeats!! He said that we were pregnant with fraternal twins! He cautioned us that there was an SCH near “Baby B” and that it could cause another miscarriage. We did not receive that report and began thanking God for healthy twins.
I was on bedrest for 4 weeks, and had 2 other substantial bleeding episodes during that time. We continued to resist the devil (he tried day and night to torment me, but I fought back and proclaimed God’s word aloud. At my next ultrasound with my high-risk OB, the blood clot was tiny–only the size of a tiny marble. Two weeks later, it was completely gone–thank you, Jesus!
We continued praising God for two, healthy babies throughout our pregnancy and asking God to give us wisdom to work with our doctors. Because of my age, and because of some research I’d read on twin pregnancies and older Moms, I asked to be monitored 2 x’s a week starting at 31 weeks. My doctor fought me on it, but I felt strongly that I was supposed to do that. I was hospitalized twice due to abnormal tracings during monitoring (heart decelerations and lack of movement), but the Lord preserved the babies. I was allowed to go home after both hospital stays and the babies held on! At 36 weeks, I went to my monitoring appointment and felt that something had changed. The babies had abnormal tracings and we were taken to Labor and Delivery for more monitoring. After 4 hours, the babies were finally doing better and we were told we could go home. However, I didn’t feel right about it and began praying to ask God what I should do. I felt that I should insist on the babies being born that day. The doctor really fought me on that, because she had scheduled me for a c-section late the following week. But, I cited the fact that my babies had other abnormal tracings in prior weeks and that I firmly felt that something had changed. I felt like they were telling us it was time for them to come out. My husband and I continued praying that God would show us what needed to be done.
Finally, after 6 hours of monitoring, the doctor came in and said that “Baby B” had more heart decelerations as a result of my light contractions and that she needed to do a c-section in an hour. We took that as the answer to our prayers and agreed to it. Our babies were born on July 27, 2015 and our son had the chord wrapped around his neck (which is why he’d had abnormal tracings during monitoring that day) and our daughter hadn’t gained any weight in 2 1/2 weeks (which is why she had stopped moving around–no energy). My doctor said she was really glad we delivered them that night instead of waiting. God knew!
We thank God for our healthy babies, Zachary and Zoe, who spent only about 3 hours in the NICU for evaluations and were just fine. Praise God!!! Don’t give up, friends. Trust Him, delight in Him, declare His words to remind yourselves of it, continue praising Him. Jesus did this for us and He will do it for you, too!
- God’s Plan for Pregnancy Book – www.godsplanforpregnancy.com
- IT IS FINISHED Book – www.itisfinishedbook.com
- Nerida Walker’s YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/newlifem777
- Nerida’s Ministry – www.newlifeministries.org.au
- Nerida Walker’s web site – www.neridawalker.com