After two months of marriage, Jonny and Hannah Picard learned that they were expecting their first child. At the time, they were living in Florida, but decided to move to Ohio for Jonny’s new job and to be closer to family.
At Hannah’s 21-week checkup, and the day before moving to Ohio, the couple found out they were going to have a baby boy. Soon after the gender reveal, the doctor had other news for the Picards. The baby wasn’t surrounded by amniotic fluid. It was determined that Hannah’s water had broken (from a ruptured membrane – PRROM) at about 14 weeks, which should have caused Hannah to go into labor within 24 hours to seven days.
Because of a high probability of complications to both the baby and Hannah, the high-risk team in Florida recommended that the couple terminate the pregnancy. However, the Picards made the very personal and difficult decision to see this journey through to whatever end.
“No one knew what the end would bring, but we were united in our hope for the best,” Hannah said.
Four days later, the Picards began a 95-day stay at Miami Valley Hospital where Hannah spent 64 days on bedrest. Then, on March 12th, Asher Benjamin Picard arrived nine days ahead of their planned induction at 34 weeks.
“He was perfect, no respiratory problems at all- 4lbs 13oz and 18in long. He was on a ventilator for one day and CPAP for four just for precaution and stability.”
The couple remained another 32 days while Asher gained his strength in the NICU.
“One of the greatest blessings during the 95 days was “Emmett’s Place”. We met friends (other parents) that we still keep in touch with and were so cared for by the staff that served us. It was so nice to be able to throw in a load of laundry, grab a homemade meal, rest in the comfy chairs and watch a tv show, grab a quick snack between feedings or chat with the staff who came to know us and encourage us so much along our journey. Emmett’s Place was a constant in our uncertainty. We were so blessed.”