From: McCaysville, GA
Jessica and Joe Foster, after trying to conceive for seven years, were told they were going to have a little girl. But, Jessica’s pregnancy did not come without complications. At 13 weeks Jessica began having problems. Doctors determined Jessica’s body was having issues that could ultimately cause a late miscarriage or even a preterm birth. She was scheduled for an operation right away and went in for a surgical procedure that doctors hoped would help prevent her body from doing so.
At 27 weeks Jessica began having contractions and had signs of early labor. She was brought from her home town in Georgia to Erlanger and they kept her for about five days. Since it was apparent Jessica needed to be watched for signs and the possibility of her going in to premature labor, arrangements were made for her and her mom, Cherie, to stay at Ronald McDonald House.
Jessica and her mother stayed for a little over a month as her body tried to go into premature labor every week, but doctors told her if she could make it to 34 weeks, they would release her to go home.
From the moment Jessica, Joe and Cherie arrived at Ronald McDonald House, they felt a sense of relief and support.
It definitely feels like a home. A home away from home. Every time we go somewhere we say ‘Okay, we’re going home’. It’s a really nice feeling to be able to come here. It’s a wonderful place.” – Cherie, Jessica’s mom.
After Jessica was able to go two weeks without delivering, she was able to make it home for Christmas. The family is thankful for all the love and support they found at Ronald McDonald House. After being home for the holidays, they welcomed Lakota Jane Foster just in time for the New Year!