Nicole is a wife, a mother to four children, and an attorney. She lives in Colorado with her family and is passionate about helping moms and saving babies.
During her first pregnancy, Nicole developed a life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia and her doctors ordered an emergency delivery to save her life and the life of her baby. Nicole was only 27 weeks along in the pregnancy when her daughter, Taylor, was born.
Due to Nicole’s pregnancy complications, Taylor was only the size of a 24-week baby. She weighed one pound and nine ounces and was about the size of an adult hand. Taylor was immediately admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she lived for the first three months of her life.
After delivery, Nicole’s health began to improve and eventually her organs fully recovered. There were many hard days and setbacks for Taylor in the NICU, but she fought hard. She may have been tiny, but her will to live was mighty. After 94 days in the hospital Taylor went home with her family.
Today Taylor is a happy, thriving, and creative 11-year-old girl. She loves to cook, bake, draw, play with her hamster, and speak up for the lives of unborn babies. She has no long-term consequences from her early arrival. Being born prematurely is part of her story, it is part of what gives her purpose and confidence in the fact that her life matters.
Given the chance to live, Taylor took it and she thrived! Both Nicole and Taylor lived. Life-threatening pregnancy conditions don’t have to be a zero-sum game — where one lives and one dies. Nicole and Taylor are proof that mother and baby can live. Mothers should feel empowered to choose life for themselves and their babies. Babies, like Taylor, born prematurely and at the point of living outside of the womb deserve the chance to live their life. Let’s protect them both: mom and baby.