Mom Induces Labor So Newborn Can Meet Dying Sister


baby toesAs a mom who faced preeclampsia and had no choice but to deliver my son at 27 weeks, I cringe when anyone talks of inducing labor early. I would have given anything for him to stay even a few more days in the womb, so there are few, if any, reasons beyond absolute medical necessity that I will ever truly understand for early induction.  Paula Holmes, however, had a reason to deliver her daughter Scarlett three weeks early that is more than understandable.

Though it was a healthy pregnancy, Holmes chose to be induced because another of her children wasn't healthy. Her 10-year-old daughter, Katy Holmes, is critically ill, and Paula wanted to make sure Scarlet met her big sister before she died.

According to a story in the Lancashire Evening Post, Katy began showing signs of illness last October. Normally a jubilant, smiling child, her mother knew something was wrong when Katy was presented with an award at school and didn't show any emotion.

... when the headteacher gave her the certificate, she did not smile or even flinch. She just looked sad, which was really out of character. My mother’s instinct sent alarm bells ringing, and I knew there was something seriously wrong.

She was right, and Katy was diagnosed shortly thereafter with an inoperable brain tumor. Her parents knew they were expecting a baby at the time, but as that pregnancy progressed so did Katy's illness. They feared the two girls would never meet if they waited any longer, so Paula requested an induction three weeks before her due date.

Her doctor agreed, and Scarlett was delivered without complication. She met Katy, and they immediately started developing a special bond. "All we have to do is put Scarlet in her arms and she starts smiling,” Paula told the paper.

And Katy is still fighting her fight. Though her parents have been told to say their goodbyes to her on numerous occasions, she's pulled through every time they thought it was the end. The bond with little Scarlett is likely strengthening her fight. Even though it is one that seemingly won't be won with anything short of a miracle, the time the two girls get together is an amazing gift for each of them and for their family.

If ever there was a reason for a non-medically necessary induction, this is it right here. Best wishes to all of them.

Do you think this is a good reason for an early induction?

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kelti... kelticmom

This makes my heart hurt....they will be in my prayers. Not to nit pick, but shouldn't it be that they induced so that the dying sister could meet her baby sister?

arlis... arliss123

Definitely one of the few non-medical times I think an induction is good.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Hell yes of course, makes me so sad that the baby will never know her sister :*( however there have been miracles! 

GlowW... GlowWorm889

Yes it's a good reason; it's only three weeks before her due date...that's not even considered premature. If she were inducing at like, 30 weeks, I'd be more reticent about it. I'm glad the sisters got to meet! :)

nonmember avatar Sandy

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MIA0223 MIA0223

I feel sorry for this family, but I do not think its a good reason to induce early. Quite selfish IMO.

Their other child has medical problems, and they risk medical problems by bringing their baby in to the world too early. Lots of.growth for the baby happens in the last few Weeks of pregnancy :(

xtina... xtina6143

I don't understand how its selfish? I think its sweet the sisters got to meet. I hope somehow there is a miracle.

nonmember avatar Tonya

What a heartbreaking story. Of course it was a good reason to induce.

mande... manderspanders

My heart goes out to them; but no, I don't think it was wise to allow an otherwise healthy child to be induced before it was time...

People seem to forget that inducing labor should be last resort effort when the baby is in distress; that it has complications of its own up to and including death.

They are lucky; but they should have waited.

God has a plan and people need to stop messing with it.

Domes... DomesticDiva007

Thank you for sharing this story. What a heartbreaking scenario. This family is in our prayers and especially the healing of Scarlett. God is bigger than any brain tumor and we'll be looking forward to a full recovery update. We will be praying, praying, praying!!!!

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