Twin to Twin: From High-Risk Pregnancy to Happy Family

Twin to Twin: From High-Risk Pregnancy to Happy Family


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633538337
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 12/15/2018
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x (h) x (d)

About the Author

Crystal Duffy is an American writer with two degrees from Georgetown University. She began her career as an educational consultant and then worked as a public high school teacher. She is the author of her memoir, Twin to Twin, detailing her high-risk twin pregnancy. Her essays on family life and parenting have appeared in Woman's World, You&Me Medical Magazine, Scary Mommy, BluntMoms, Mamapedia, Twiniversity, and Twins Magazine. She serves as co-chair for the Parent Advisory Board of the NICU for Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in the medical center. She has appeared and been a guest on different podcasts including Lose the Cape, NICU NOW, and Never Ever Give Up Hope. She lives in Houston with her husband, three little girls, and a yappy little yorkie.

Dr. Moise is a Professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. He is board certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has a special interest in the prenatal diagnosis and minimally invasive surgical treatment of fetal disorders, including twin to twin transfusion and spina bifida. Dr. Moise completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He was instrumental in the formation of both the Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina and the Texas Children's Fetal Center prior to his arrival to join the University and the Fetal Center on September 14, 2011.

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.

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“An inspirational and heart-wrenching book.”
- Cea Sunrise Person, Author of North of Normal

“An “orphan” disease, expectant mothers with Twin to Twin (and their support systems) should adopt Crystal Duffy’s new memoir TWIN TO TWIN. An intimate account, told with flagging and unflagging optimism, Duffy’s story ensures that others need not ride alone through this rollercoaster experience.”
• Suzy Becker, Author of One Good Egg

“Crystal Duffy’s wit and self-deprecating humor helped her survive the realities and (sometimes devastating) physical and emotional truths of her high-stakes twin pregnancy. Twin to Twin is engaging, compelling, and yes, entertaining read.”
• Susan Krawitz, Author of Viva Rose
“Your story is so moving and dramatic — the things that you and Ed and Abby and your twins went through! You make it all come alive, with emotion and humor and honesty and pain, and I felt like I was right there with you.” - Jane Roper, Author of Double Time
“Imagine the worst day of your life so far, then multiply that by infinity. We imagine that is how Crystal Duffy must have felt the day she's told her twin pregnancy is threatened by Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). A potentially fatal disease that can take away one or both babies, TTTS is one of the least discussed issues in books about multiples - because it IS scary. Duffy dives bravely into her new frightening reality and emerges on the other side with a message of hope and optimism. Her must-read story is one of courage, honesty, family, and above all else, love.”
• Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee, Editors of Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets and More and Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years

“An exciting ride through a delightful and surprising diagnosis that quickly turned terrifying. You’ll empathize with Crystal, cheer for her, and draw strength for your own struggles.”
• Margaret Welwood, Author, Mother of Twins

Twin to Twin is Crystal Duffy’s journey through her high-risk, high-stakes twin pregnancy. Both beautiful and painful, the book, with glorious details and pacing, shows the power of one mother’s love and resilience against all odds.
- Marcelle Soviero, Editor-in-Chief Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers

"Crystal did great after such a complicated pregnancy. Twin to Twin is both an exciting and dramatic read that brings to life the fears and challenges of a high-risk pregnancy. This memoir is a fabulous resource for parents, family members and friends, but also for professionals, including physicians, nurses, therapists and genetic counselors.”- Dr. Paul Cook, M.D., with The OB/GYN Center of Houston affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

“Anyone in the field of fetal medicine, or any field of medicine for that matter, should consider reading Crystal’s book. It is an uninhibited disclosure of a mother’s experience with a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Not only does it show the sometimes yawning chasm between what doctors counsel and what patients hear, but Crystal reveals it with clarity, wit and empathy. Her story displays the extraordinary courage of a pregnant mother and the enduring compassion, talent and wisdom of her team of providers. It is an uplifting example of what humans do best: care from each other. This book is Crystals way of caring by sharing her experience so that others can benefit.”
-Stephen P. Emery, MD. Director, Center for Innovative Fetal Intervention, Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC


The Story Behind the Book

About five years ago my husband Ed and I were on a family vacation in Maui. It’s one of my favorite places in the world—with lush vegetation, expansive beaches and rolling white-capped waves. We considered it a baby moon—and were ecstatic since we had just found out I was six weeks pregnant. We were going to be parents, we announced, sharing the news with everyone we met.
Ed and I were walking along Kaanapali beach when my back began to throb; heavy cramps pounded inside me like an earthquake, burning like an inferno. I hunched over in pain, and then Ed picked me up and carried me into the hotel room.
I had a miscarriage in the midst of paradise.
Devastated, we spent hours waiting by the phone for my OB in Houston to call us back, answer our questions and advise us on next steps. We spent a day and a half in the Maui ER contemplating going through with the dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure—which vacuums the fetal tissue out of the uterus. I ultimately decided that it would be too painful, both emotionally and physically to do it, and opted to let the fetus pass out of my body naturally. The morning before we left for home, as the last of the fetal tissue trickled out of my body, I silently said goodbye to my baby.
When we returned from Hawaii, I was so overcome with the loss that I stayed in bed for days reading up on pregnancy procedures. I was determined to get pregnant and try again until we succeeded. Exactly a year later, I gave birth to our daughter Abigail. She was our little miracle; the baby we had prayed for. It was worth every moment of pain, we had endured just to hold her in our arms.
Two years later, I’m lying exhausted on the couch in the living room suffering from sleep deprivation, trying to process the last three years of my life—from the miscarriage in Hawaii to my imprisonment (aka bed rest in the hospital) to feeling co-opted as mother by a monitoring machine, and helping my twins fight for their lives.
That’s the moment I realized that I wanted to share my story—not just for the women that have had high risk or even twin pregnancies but for all women that journey through the mysterious and (sometimes dangerous) path of pregnancy into motherhood. This story is for all of us: for the obstacles we overcome, for the decisions we make, for the hope that we each find our strength when faced with what seems like untenable adversity.

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