“We were over the moon,” Jenny Quinn gushes, recalling her reaction when she found out she was pregnant with their first child. “The pregnancy was wonderful. I loved being pregnant; I felt healthy and great.”
But when Jenny was 20 weeks along, a red flag was raised during a genetic screening test. After an intricate ultrasound, OB/GYN Mariah North, MD, found a “concerning mass” growing next to the baby. It was a molar pregnancy, and the mass presented risks for both the baby and Jennifer: the molar tissue had the potential to bleed excessively, it could become malignant, and there was at risk for an early delivery. But there were no next steps other than to watch and hope.
Jenny went in for a check up every week – one week to see her Dr. North, the next week to see her perinatologist, Craig Stark, MD. Things began to look better as time went on. Her doctors kept a close eye on Jenny to make sure that Kylie was growing and that the mass was not.
At 33 weeks, Jenny went into labor, and Kylie was born on September 9, 2013 by cesarean section. Her doctors removed the mass successfully, and Kylie spent three weeks in the NICU. The tissue was sent to pathology and came back negative for any cancerous growths.
“Getting that clean bill of health was such a relief,” said Jenny.