My name is Jill Goddard, I am married with 2 children, 1 girl and 1 boy plus 2 step daughters.
After my husband and I had our 2nd child, which was our boy, we decided that with 4 healthy children our family was complete. After discussing permanent birth control ideas, I decided to get it done and decided to go with Essure. I went to the website and read up a little bit on it and it said it was more effective than a vasectemy and an in and out office procedure so I would not have to miss more work or have a huge hospital bill from surgery if I got my tubes tied. I had it done about 8 weeks after my son was born and I did go back 3 months later for the check up to make sure both tubes were blocked and it said they were blocked.
I never had any health issues from the Essure, but about 2 years later I was having pregnancy symptoms. The dr. that performed the procedure told me it would be possible to get pregnant but it would end up being an ectopic pregnancy. Well, I went to my obgyn and had blood drawn for an accurate reading, it came back positive. Me and my husband assumed it was stuck in my tubes and were sad about it since we didn’t want to see the baby not survive even though it was definitly not planned.
I went in for an ultrasound to see how for along I was. To my surprise it was NOT an ectopic pregnancy, the egg made it through, but not only was there just one baby in there, there were 2 babies, twins!
After the initial shock we were very excited but was told by our mfm of all the risks involved because I was carrying mo/di twins. Everything was going very good up until my 24th week of pregnancy. The mfm diagnosed my girls with twin to twin transfusion syndrome and referred me down to Cincinnati, Ohio that same week to get tests done and have the laser procedure done to save the twins. My girls were smaller than the average baby at that gestational age and they were very worried about preterm labor and early delivery and either losing 1 or both of the girls. It was an emotional rollercoaster, I was there for 10 days, away from my other children. The procedure was a success and after 10 days, my follow up appointment the girls did a complete turn around and were doing much better.
After that all happend I was going to my mfm 2x a week for ultrasounds and after being home only a week and a half I was admitted back to a closer hospital to home because of the blood flow through the umbilical cords. After a week they let me go home and since then its been nothing but ultrasounds and follow ups.
Things are going well right now, I have made it to 31 weeks but this pregnancy has had soooo many ups and downs that it has been hard to enjoy. We will have 6 children all together.