Shona Moeller's first pregnancy proved to be an ordeal for her and her husband, Bob Conlin. Still, they are overcoming all the obstacles thanks to the love they share. She is 29 weeks pregnant, and because of the pregnancy complications, she spent a few weeks resting in the Chicago-area hospital.
She can't leave the hospital until her first son's birth, and her husband can't visit her because of the Coronavirus situation, but Bob found an adorable way to show his wife that he is there for her. He is throwing date nights to Shona some 40 feet below her hospital window.
“On March 23rd, Shona’s water broke at five months [into her pregnancy],” Bob says. “She had what’s called a preterm premature rupture of membranes, PPROM.”
This is a condition where the sac (amniotic membrane) enveloping the baby collapses (fissures) before time. When it breaks, the risk of infection increases dramatically. There is also a higher chance of premature birth.
Bob and Shona still don’t know why that happened. Unfortunately, this relates to nearly all cases of PPROM.”It happened while we were working on our nursery. We had less than a 1% chance the baby would make it.”
The couple was shattered. Still, their baby proved to be a fighter. Time went by, and by week 23, doctors believed that the baby has excellent chances to be delivered healthy and on time. They admitted Shona to the hospital on April 13 and placed her on the bed rest regime until the baby is delivered.
Speaking about the day his wife was admitted to the hospital, Bob says he remembers they were both sobbing. He was wondering if his wife could go through all this without him by her side. They were sad and scared but determined to overcome all the obstacles.
They started communicating via video calls, but Bob felt it wasn’t enough, so he began to visit his Shona at her window. "The outpouring of love and support from our family, community, and clients has helped a lot. Sharing our story, our love and hope have given us that love and hope right back. We have a strong spiritual practice as well that keeps us grounded and connected," he said.