On July 16, at about 3 am, Annie's water broke. Dave was on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean, so Annie called her dear friend Katie. Within minutes, they were on their way to the Lemoore Naval Air Station hospital. Upon her admission to the maternity ward, Annie's very supportive doctor, Dr. Schipper, performed an ultrasound. At that time, both Annie and Dave (on the phone from the ship) learned that Noah's heart had stopped beating. With support from Katie, Amy, a great nursing staff, and her doctor, Annie labored until Noah's birth at 2:03 pm.
Noah weighed 2 lbs 13 oz. and was 13.5 inches long. He had auburn hair, like his dad, and blue eyes, like his mom. Miraculously, Dave arrived at the hospital late that night, and he and Annie were able to spend time together with Noah.
We grandmothers arrived in time to hold Noah, too. A private memorial service is scheduled this week.
Annie will add to their story later, when she is ready. They are grieving with hope.
Barbara and Jenny, aka Bobbie and Nonny