Natural Family Planning is a safe natural form of spacing children that improves a woman’s understanding of her fertility and creates better bonding between couples through greater awareness of a woman’s cycle. For more information watch as Mercedes Wilson, Founder of Family of the Americas Foundation gives an […]
When my family moved from Buffalo to Florida 8 years ago, my first priority was finding a parish and a pro-life OB. I was advised to look on our diocesan website there I found Dr. MacCurdy in the directory. His office was about a 45 minute drive from where we lived but it was my only option. I have always enjoyed good health during my four previous pregnancies and delivered my children without any problems or complications.
When I became pregnant with our 5th baby everything progressed as normal. However at 17 weeks the pregnancy ended in miscarriage. It was a shock and there appeared to be no reason or explanation. After the miscarriage, I chose convenience over care, and switched to an OB that was closer in proximity to where we lived. The next year we got pregnant again and then again lost the baby after just 7 weeks. My new OB knew my history and no recommendations were made to me at that time. A year later we found out we were pregnant again this time the pregnancy lasted about 14 weeks then again ended in miscarriage.
However, this time my OB referred me to an abortion clinic for the D&C despite knowing my religious and pro-life stance. We called Dr. MacCurdy and returned to him for my care. He performed the D&C and asked me if I was offered progesterone given the multiple miscarriages. I wasn’t offered any information regarding options to help maintain those pregnancies in the early stages.
I continued my care with Dr. MacCurdy and in summer of 2013 I became pregnant again. Dr. MacCurdy prescribed progesterone for the first 14 weeks. I believe that the progesterone during this time was crucial in helping me maintain my pregnancy. On February 23, 2014 we delivered a healthy boy we named Kolbe Joseph. For me, pro-life means the concern and care for life from conception to natural death. I believe that progesterone in the early stages of pregnancy helped maintain and care for the pregnancy during this crucial time.
“It is comforting for my family and me to be in the care of a pro life doctor. My first three deliveries were with three different doctors. The first delivery, my Ob/Gyn barely made it on time and the second delivery my doctor never made it for the delivery,(The third was a fetal demise at 4 months). Dr MacCurdy, knowing my history, came right away even though I wasn’t very dilated. He accompanied me through my labor. No other Ob/Gyn has given me their personal cell phone numbers to call, Dr. MacCurdy does as soon as you are under his care. He came to the hospital and stayed through out the evening into the morning. He didn’t conveniently rush my labor by putting me on Pitocin to induce my labor as did my previous doctors. He waited throughout the evening while drinking his coffee and we didn’t start Pitocin until it was clearly necessary. To be in the care of a pro life doctor means he cares for my emotional, physical and spiritual well being. He was ok with the fact that my mother was guiding me in the rosary prayer and meditation for the labor. He also knew that I wanted to see a priest and he took care of that. That morning a priest came and brought me Jesus in the Eucharist and even heard my confession. I have introduced a few pregnant friends to Dr. MacCurdy and have noticed that he has given them his special attention and concern as well.”