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The Shonka Family

Zoe, 14; Hagen, 3; and Layla, 2½, Papillion, NE
"I have actually been blessed with three tiny (but perfect) babies. My first child, Zoe, was born July 5, 1992. I was very young when I got pregnant. I went into premature labor at 21 weeks, put on medication to stall my labor, and was monitored. At 30 weeks, I had to be put on complete bed rest. Two weeks later, however, there was no stopping my labor..."More about Zoe's birth

"Hagen was born on May 6, 2003. My doctor was in disbelief that preterm labor was happening again with my second pregnancy. I was again put on medication and restricted bed rest at 20 weeks. On the morning of May 5th, I felt that something was wrong..."More about Hagen's birth

"My youngest daughter, Layla, was born February 13, 2004. She is our little surprise: I found out I was pregnant again only 3 months after Hagen's birth. In short, this pregnancy was no different than my last two. The only difference was that I was given weekly injection of medication after 18 weeks until I gave birth at 34 weeks..." More about Layla's birth
 -- Michele, mom of Zoe, Hagen, and Layla

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