It changed my work life, my home life and my mission in life. I was on the fast track to being a partner in a mid-size ad agency, and now I am a full time work at home Account Director for a virtual marketing firm. I was married, but now I am a single mom.
And, if I had not gone through this journey, I would not have written a book or developed my new mission in life: to bring infertiliy, miscarriage and premature birth out of the shadows.
Melissa Harris's dream of being a mother again shatters when a fertility doctor tells her she may never have another child due to a physical anomaly in her uterus. Determined to persevere, she undergoes nine surgeries and a year of fertility treatments until she finally gets a positive pregnancy test — only to miscarry both twins within the first fifteen weeks.
When what she's decided will be her last attempt results in her finally becoming pregnant, she's told that this baby, Sam, is also at risk. While lying in a hospital bed for six days, trying to get to the golden standard twenty-four-week gestation mark, Melissa makes a decision — she will give this baby every chance to live, no matter what it takes.
CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND SAM
VIDEO: CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND SAM
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Back in 2011, Sutter Health featured Sam in their major ad campaign. As part of a celebration of World Prematurity Day, Sam made a return visit to the hospital to thank the staff that saved his life. His retturn was featured on the Sutter Health Vitals Newsletter and in this video on their Facebook page.