Kristen and Bowen were excited about becoming parents and looking forward to starting a family. But at 19 weeks, Kristen was experiencing bleeding due to Urinary Tract Infection. She was told by her doctor to try and make it to 24 weeks so the baby would be at a viable stage where they could do everything to save him.
At 29 weeks while at work, she had a patient lose their balance and fall on her. It sent her into labor from abdominal trauma. The doctors were able to stop the labor but decided to put Kristen in the hospital on bed rest so she and baby could be closely monitored. The baby was checked frequently and Kristen was administered steroids to help jump start the baby’s lung development. At 31 weeks, Kristen went back into labor. The decision was made to move her to Kettering Hospital because of their Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She was told there was a risk of having the baby in the ambulance ride on the way to Kettering but thankfully mom made it.
Carter Vincent Lingenfelter was born at 8:16am on July 23, 2014 at 31 weeks weighing 3lbs 13oz. His birth happened so fast once Kristen arrived at the hospital that a nurse had to deliver him without a doctor or the NICU staff. Immediately after he was born, everyone from the NICU staff rushed in. “Once I heard him cry, I knew he was going to be ok. I was able to hold him for about a minute before they took him to the NICU,” added Kristen.
Carter spent one month in the NICU to grow, gain weight and learn to feed. Today, Carter, loves to play outdoors, ride his bike, read books with mommy, and spend time with family. Carter’s family would like to help spread awareness and to help educate other parents about premature birth and the important work and research being done by the March of Dimes in hopes that other families won't have to experience prematurity and the complications it can cause.