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On My Mind
January 2006


Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.1.15

Motherhood and hope: what is the nature of their entwined relationship? When I first learned I was pregnant, I never anticipated how much cause I would have to ponder this question—and how my answer would shape me—after the birth of my daughter.

Fiona was born at 35 weeks following a pregnancy complicated by multiple uncertain and strange findings: polyhydramnios, a single umbilical artery, a possible atrial septal defect, and a stomach bubble seen on some studies but not others—all of these were part of her ultrasound collage. My husband, Peter, and I were told, “It could be something . . . or it could be nothing.”

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