Rachel Collins, 30, was told she should abort her baby when she was diagnosed with oligohydramnios – her unborn son was in too little amniotic fluid. The doctor didn’t mince his words, he said: “This baby will die; the best thing you can do is terminate it.” But the first-time mother refused to listen to medics, and baby Alfie beat the odds to enter the world completely healthy.
Rachel Collins, from Tamworth, Staffs, kept a day-by-day account of her nine month struggle to bring Alfie into the world – in the hope it would help her grieve if she lost him. But instead, she is now preparing to save it for baby Alfie to read when he is older. “The journal is what kept me going, it’s where I poured everything I was feeling, the good and the bad.” Rachel said: “I could feel my baby was alive, he was moving, how could I get rid of him? There was no way I was terminating my baby.”
Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham agreed to take her on as a patient and help her through the difficult pregnancy. “They told her it was going to be tough, that he might have deformities, but they said they would give him a chance. Alfie was born at 30 weeks by emergency caesarean on October 21st. Rachel said: “He came out screaming… He is a little miracle. It was a nightmare pregnancy,
but every day he was hanging on was a blessing, he is now 6lb 14oz and has no health problems.”
Source: Daily Mail; Christian Today
BIBLE STUDY: Jeremiah 1:5
PRAISE: God for the example of a mother who could feel her baby alive and resisted the cult of death. Pray more mothers-to-be will have this conviction.