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.