The story of Rosie Higgs and her son, Henry, is one of courage, resilience, and love. Rosie, a mother-of-three from Harrow, North London, was advised that her unborn child may have an amniotic band if the pregnancy was healthy and lasted 20 weeks.
Despite the physical challenges her son may face, Rosie was confident in her decision to carry the pregnancy to term. In this article, we will delve deeper into Rosie’s journey, her experience during pregnancy, and the challenges and joys of raising a child with limb differences.
Deciding to Continue with the Pregnancy
Rosie’s decision to continue with the pregnancy was not an easy one. Family and friends had questioned whether she should terminate the pregnancy given the potential challenges her son may face. However, Rosie and her partner, Peter, believed that Henry deserved a chance at life. Rosie, who works with children with unique needs, was confident that Henry would have a happy and fulfilling life despite his limitations.
The Birth of Henry
On May 13, Henry was born at Northick Park Hospital in London, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz, in good health. Rosie’s delivery was marked with anxiety and stress, but she was grateful for the exceptional midwife who was by her side throughout the process. The midwives even asked Rosie if she wanted to meet Henry immediately to alleviate her anxiety.
Despite the challenges, Rosie and Peter have been raising Henry with love and care. Henry, who is now 11 months old, likes playing in the bathtub and reaching for his toys. Rosie describes him as having a chatty demeanor and a perpetually mischievous grin. He adores his older siblings and is making outstanding progress.
Raising a child with limb differences comes with its own set of challenges. Rosie admits that she sometimes worries about Henry’s future, but she is confident that he will overcome any obstacles that come his way. She believes that the key to raising a child with limb differences is to focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t.
Rosie has found support from the community of parents who have children with limb differences. She emphasizes the importance of finding a supportive community and connecting with other parents who understand the challenges of raising a child with unique needs.