Keeping Families Together

Soon after learning she was pregnant, Shayla Bierbaum quickly realized that her second pregnancy would be vastly different than her first. Plagued with extreme nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, Shayla could no longer go to work or even perform normal daily activities.

Eventually, Shayla was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and hyperemesis gravidarum, and doctors became concerned about the health of her unborn baby. After being rushed by ambulance from her home in Bedford, Indiana, to Methodist Hospital six times, Shayla was told that she would need to stay in the hospital in Indianapolis until her baby arrived.

Because of COVID restrictions, being hospitalized meant that Shayla would not be able to see her three-year-old son Eddie for more than three months. Shayla couldn’t imagine not seeing her son for so long. But being in Indianapolis was critical for Shayla and for her unborn baby. That’s when a hospital social worker told her about Fair Haven.

“Fair Haven has been a huge blessing,” Shayla said. She explained that she has continued to experience some scary complications, but being so close to the hospital has allowed her to get the medical care she has needed in just minutes.

Despite the difficult circumstances, Shayla is so thankful to be able to enjoy everyday life with her son Eddie. Their home-away-from-home at Fair Haven has given them both a sense of normalcy in the midst of a turbulent time. It has made such a difference for them to know that they are not alone.

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for our family,” Shayla shared. “It has meant more than you know.”

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