Keisha Castle-Hughes gave birth to Felicity Amore on April 25th. Keisha was seven days overdue when she began experiencing minor contractions. Two days later, stronger ones began kicking in. She had planned a water birth at home – “I wanted so much for it to be natural, and I didn’t want any pain relief,” she says – but by the time she was rushed to the hospital, she says, “I was screaming for an epidural.”
After two hours of pushing, doctors informed her the baby’s head was in an awkward position and could not move, so they performed a high-forceps delivery. “I was really upset, because I thought everything was going so wrong.” she says. “But I knew I woul do anything to make sure my baby was healthy. If someone had said to me at that point the only way she is going to come out is for you to chop your head off…I would have chopped off my head.”
Finally holding her child, whom she named Felicity-Amore and who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, “was just the most amazing moment,” she gushes.
People have said to me, ‘You are only 17. What will happen to your life?’ But I’m not like most 17-year-olds,” Keisha says. “In the last four years alone, I have done more than a lot of 40-year-olds have. I’m about as ready for this as I could ever be.”
Who cares if she was only 16 when she got pregnant? It may be young, but she seems strong and like she’ll be fine. What an adorable baby!