When Susan Thompson was 28 years old, she and her husband found out they were pregnant in the most amazing way. The first trimester ultrasound revealed not one, or two, but FIVE babies!
Doctors advised her and her husband that they should consider selective reduction - terminating several of the embryos in order to ensure the healthy birth of one or two babies and the survival of the mother. There are a lot of complications that can come from multiple births and they increase with the number of babies.
According to the March of Dimes, close to 60 percent of all twins and more than 90 percent of triplets are born prematurely (before 37 weeks). Mothers of multiple births are six times more likely to give birth early compared to mothers who are pregnant with one.
Babies born prematurely are often underweight and are likely to have health problems. Low-birth-weight babies often have trouble breathing on their own. They may not be fully prepared to fight infections, control their body temperature, or put on weight.
Thankfully, doctors in the United States give their patients all the information they need to make the right choice for themselves. Susan listened to the suggestions of her doctor and the specialists, but the choice to keep all five was up to her and her husband.
"When I said no, he (the doctor) sent me to a specialist who repeatedly asked me to consider reducing my pregnancy to triplets or even twins. This went on for several months. My husband and I never considered this, not for a second. God had given us these tiny children and He would take care of them."
Fast forward 20 years, the Thompson children have grown up healthy and strong. They've all graduated from high school and are moving forward with their lives to do great things.
To this day, Susan is a proud mom of five happy kids. She writes, "20 years later I look back and can't imagine our lives without any of them. After graduation, three joined the military to serve our country and two are pursuing careers in the medical field. They are all responsible adults who love God and make this world a better place. I chose to save their lives and now they are saving the lives of others."
Susan posted the story of her experience in response to the 2015 #shoutlife and #shoutyourabortion Twitter responses to the question of federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
The discussion of abortion and pro-choice/pro-life has been a hot topic in the current presidential election. When Susan's story was re-circulated, nearly 400 thousand people weighed in on the discussion.
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