I Am a Mother
"I was prepared for the possibility of twins. But my sonogram revealed a big surprise."
When the sonographer announced a third heartbeat, there was pindrop silence in the room. Maheen Mazhar’s first thought was, "I have two hands, how am I going to do this?" The mother-to-be's initial shock was quickly followed by elation…and some anxiety. As with any high risk pregnancy, she would be followed carefully. Bedrest was prescribed for three months.
"My doctor recommended I deliver at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center due to the sophistication of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),” Maheen explains. Soon, three beautiful, healthy girls were born. "The nurses who helped me were extremely caring. I will never forget them."
The NICU at Shady Grove is rated a Level IIIB, one of the highest ratings attainable. It is staffed around the clock by neonatologists and neonatal nurses. They are all trained and experienced in handling the most complex newborn situations including delivering twins, triplets and quadruplets.
Maheen and her husband named their daughters after prophets, representing three religions. Sarah, named after the mother of Isaac, represents Judaism. Maryam, named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, represents Christianity. And Aminah is named after the mother of Mohammed, representing Islam.
Now just over a year old, the girls "talk to each other in their own language," according to Maheen. The house is full of delightful squeals and chatter. And the soothing, reassuring voice the girls know to be their mother.
"Life is very full. We have many, many blessings."