Utah couple stuck in Virginia relies on faith after newborn son is born at 24 weeks

Published: Wednesday, June 11 2014 11:15 a.m. MDT

Jack Jefferson Rogers was born on May 19 and weighed 1 pound 9 ounces.

Provided by Molly Rogers

Molly and Jordan Rogers were excited for the arrival of their son Jack, and a few weeks ago they thought they had plenty of time to prepare. With their first child due to be born in September, the young couple was dreaming of the seemingly distant day their family of two would become three, but Jack arrived much sooner.

On May 19, Jack Jefferson Rogers was born weighing 1 pound 9 ounces.

"The fact that we have a family now, it’s so weird that we are parents and that it’s real," Molly said. "It’s so weird because obviously we were not prepared for this quite yet. We thought we had all this time to prepare.

"I remember being in the hospital and I was like, ‘I never even opened my 'What to Expect When You’re Expecting' book because I thought I had all the time in the world to prepare.' "

It all began 24 weeks into Molly's pregnancy when the couple flew to Virginia to attend Jordan's brother's law school graduation at the University of Virginia. But within 24 hours of landing, Molly began to bleed, and they decided to make the 2-1/2-hour trip to the hospital.

Once they arrived at the hospital, Molly was immediately taken to the labor and delivery area for tests. She was told she was likely just dehydrated, but the doctor did an exam to be safe.

"So there we were just thinking that it's this routine thing. I was probably just not feeling good, to literally within an instant it was, 'Oh my gosh, you're here for the entire duration of your pregnancy.' "

At that point Molly was dilated to a four.

"Basically the doctor said, 'I don't know if you're going to have this baby today. I don't know if you're going to have it in the next month, but you're not leaving this hospital until you have it,' " Jordan said.

Molly was told not to move because doctors didn't want to cause any labor contractions, and the couple was told about a steroid shot that could enhance the lung development of the baby.

After waiting 48 hours for the steroid to take effect, Molly's doctor and the hospital's high-risk obstetrician did another evaluation. They found that the baby was breech and already in the birth canal, with the amniotic sac as the only barrier.

"They were in this moment of, we don't know what to do," Molly said. "It was kind of crazy. The high-risk OB and the doctor were having this conversation that they would have never had in front of a patient."

The doctors ultimately decided to move the baby up and were able to perform an emergency C-section. Before she went into surgery, Molly, who along with her husband is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asked for a blessing, which Jordan and his dad administered.

Also prior to the surgery, Molly and Jordan were told how things would be handled, which was helpful after the baby was delivered.

"The NICU doctor came down and talked to us and kind of set our expectations, and told us that we shouldn't expect to ask any questions or get any answers for at least a couple of hours because their main focus is on the baby and trying to stabilize the baby," Jordan said.

"So the nice thing was, at that point they had the baby out and were working on him, and a couple minutes out, one of the nurses working on him started chatting with me and asked if we wanted a picture and said that everything was going really good. I didn't even have my camera because we didn't have time. At that point I was really comforted because obviously things weren't terrible or else they wouldn't be talking or stopping to take a picture."

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