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Kerry’s Story

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It’s not often in life that you get the chance to thank someone personally for saving a life…or two. My husband and I first met Dr. Rachel Humphrey spring 2008 when I was 28 weeks pregnant. It had been an extremely long and emotional journey fraught with uncertainty. We were so excited at the chance to give our daughter a sibling (we had visions of sibling harmony and companionship, only now we realize that they also fight!) I had a history of preeclampsia with our daughter and with this pregnancy we were keeping an eye on a previa that had caused some early bleeding. However, we were optimistic that it wouldn’t give me any further issues and that it would eventually resolve itself. When we discovered at 20 weeks that we were having a boy we were delighted and decided that we were going to name him after my father, Lance, who had passed away when I was in high school.

Eight weeks later during the Memorial Day weekend our world stopped. The previa had caused bleeding and we rushed to Winnie Palmer fearing that we had lost our son. It was there that we met Dr. Humphrey. A few minutes into our initial conversation I realized that she was not your average doctor. My husband and I were amazed by her intellect and expertise, her warm and engaging personality and her phenomenal bedside manner. She’s a bit of an early bird, but we won’t hold that against her. Dr. Humphrey took the time to explain the complexities of previa in such easy-to-understand terms that I recall thinking that this woman should be writing textbooks. During a confusing and stressful time, Dr. Humphrey was reassuring and knowledgeable. She was able to put pieces together that other doctors hadn’t been able to, paving the way for a flawless delivery and recovery. She was like House but with an incredible personality. Our little Lance was in good hands.

Under the careful guidance of Dr. Humphrey we navigated through the previa and later preeclampsia and welcomed Lance Headrick into the world on June 21st, 2008. After a brief 7 day stay in the NICU, he came home and has been making demands ever since.

This past fall we discovered that we were pregnant with our third child (who we’re calling our grand finale!) My husband and I couldn’t have been happier, but preeclampsia hung like a black cloud on the horizon. Once again, Dr. Humphrey was our ship in the storm and she kept our son safe despite gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Two weeks ago, jack Anders Headrick arrived on our wedding anniversary weighing 7lbs 14ozs and 21 inches long. No NICU for this kid. He’s the world’s cutest alarm clock and likes to wake us up at 6am just like Dr. Humphrey.