Category: CMV Stories

Emmett’s Story

Emmett was born in January 2018 at 40 weeks after a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy. His hearing was tested within the first 24 hours, and while his right ear passed, he got a ‘refer’ result for his left ear. Otherwise, he was perfectly healthy.  We were told it’s normal to get a ‘refer’ during the infant hearing screening, particularly with C-section babies, and were advised to follow up a month later.   At one month old, Emmett again got a ‘refer’ in… Read more »

Hannah’s Story

Hannah was born May 15, 2010.  It started off as a normal pregnancy. I was showing to be a lot smaller than I was with my first, which pushed my OB to order a few extra ultrasounds. These ultrasounds showed that our child’s head was small for her age. They said maybe it was normal, maybe it was this or that, but not to be too alarmed at 36 weeks. I ended up going for an ultrasound one early morning in… Read more »

Newborn CMV Screening – CMV Story with William Jones

June 18, 2020 – It was such a pleasure speaking with William Jones about his family’s journey with CMV. William’s daughter, Francesca, was the first baby identified with CMV thanks to Ontario’s new screening program. The province recently became the first jurisdiction in the world to implement universal CMV screening. This means that every newborn is now tested for CMV! Early detection and intervention is crucial when it comes to CMV and hearing loss. It’s time to start screening in… Read more »

Maeve’s Story

On August 15, 2018, our family welcomed Maeve to the world. I was induced at just over 41 weeks. It was an uncomplicated pregnancy and a smooth labour that had our sweet daughter in our arms just a few hours after being induced. As part of the normal newborn screening program in Ontario, Maeve had her hearing screening the morning after she was born. Our province provides universal newborn hearing screening to detect newborn babies with any potential permanent hearing… Read more »

Grace’s Story

After a mostly uneventful pregnancy, Grace came rushing into the world in the middle of the night in late November, 2012 at 38.5 weeks. She was tiny, but she had this full head of black hair which surprised us all! The “mostly” uneventful pregnancy included one hiccup – at Grace’s 20-week scan, she had a slightly enlarged kidney and an echogenic bowel. The OB said these were not things to worry about, and an ultrasound would be performed on Grace… Read more »

Logan’s Story

My wife and I decided to have kids after being together for roughly 7 years. We had some difficulty getting pregnant, but after working with doctors, in 2013, Shauna and I were finally expecting. While Shauna did miscarry in 2013, we were able to get pregnant again soon thereafter. The funny thing is – even after the difficulties we had getting pregnant, we were both naïve thinking that once we were pregnant, everything would be fine and we would have a… Read more »

Ava Lynn’s Story

We found out that we were expecting a baby in January of 2016. Our due date was for September 2016. We were so excited! My pregnancy was going very well. I was hungry. Tired. Grumpy. But embracing my cute baby bump.  On April 18, we went for our 20-week anatomy scan. To be honest, I wasn’t even concerned about not having a healthy baby. Everyone around me always had healthy babies. During the ultrasound, they found something and said they… Read more »

Cassius’ Story

Our twins were born via c-section in December 2010. Cassius, twin A was born symptomatic and with an enlarged spleen and liver, weighing 1 lb 3oz. He was in the NICU for a little over 4 months. Cassius was actually our first placement for foster care, and we had never heard of CMV before. In fact, they never even told us he was born with it when they dropped him off on a Friday afternoon covered in petechia. We had… Read more »

Maddison’s Story

Pregnant with my second child, I thought I had it in the bag.  I had been through this before. I had endured 26-hour labour that ended up in a c-section, got through those postpartum blues and exclusively breastfed through thrush and nursing strikes. This time around, my learning curve was going to be much smaller.  Our second daughter arrived in early May and those first two weeks I had with her were ignorant bliss. I truly understood what people mean… Read more »