Episode from the podcastSisters in Loss Podcast: Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, & Infertility Stories

Ep167 - Congenital Heart Defect Child Loss and Overcoming Depression with Keivon Hardy

Released Wednesday, 16th September 2020
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Have you heard of congenital heart defects?  
A Congenital Heart defect is an abnormality in the heart that develops before birth. Congenital heart defect is one of the most common types of birth defects. Symptoms include abnormal heart rhythms, blue-tinted skin, shortness of breath, failure to feed or develop normally, and swollen body tissue or organs. Treatments include medications to lower blood pressure and control heart rate, heart devices, catheter procedures, and surgery. Serious cases may require a heart transplant.
Today’s guest experienced an infant loss due to congenital heart defect and had a miscarriage. Keivon Hardy is a childless mother who managed life with prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, and isolation after her infant loss and miscarriage.  When she was 20 weeks pregnant with her son she found out via a routine ultrasound that he had a congenital heart defect.  Because his case was unique the doctors weren’t able to determine exactly what his defect was until birth.  After birth, it was determined that his blood vessels were too small to be operated on and he would need to grow before they could operate.  He lived to be one month old and never came home from the NICU.  Keivon went on to conceive again only to be faced with another loss a miscarriage while on birth control.  
In today’s episode, Keivon takes us back to when she found out her son had a congenital heart defect, how she dealt with prenatal and postnatal depression, and losing her son and then having a miscarriage while on birth control.
This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a infant loss due to congenital heart defect or a miscarriage while on birth control.

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