Judith Nwokocha has given birth to her miracle babies and the mom is now making sure that her kids grow up knowing how unique they are and teaching them to embrace their true selves while growing up.
Childbirth is a beautiful experience. For the expectant moms, the most awaited part of the pregnancy is to hold the baby for the first time. To feel the baby's skin and be able to hold him close to your heart. And if we talk about the most exciting part of the childbirth, then it would be, to compare the newborn's features with the parents and the family. However, this mom from Calgary, Canada had an altogether different experience from her pregnancy.
Judith Nwokocha, 38, from Calgary in Canada, a photographer by profession was thrilled when she was finally able to conceive after two rounds of IV. On top of that, the mom-to-be was told she was expecting twins. The whole journey of Judith's pregnancy was filled with lots of prayers. She used to talk to her babies and pray silently in her heart that her babies would be born healthy.
At 37 weeks, one of her twins stopped growing, and Judith was immediately induced. She gave birth in an emergency through C-section. Her baby boy, Kamsi, was born at 6.1 lbs., but her daughter, Kachi, was just 3½ lbs. This was not the only difference between her newborn Kachi. The photographer thought she was given the wrong baby when she noticed the difference between them. Judith explained in a Love What Matters essay, “The first time I saw her, I wondered if the nurse was handing me my baby, or someone else’s. I waited a few seconds for someone to tell me there was a mix up, but all I heard from the nurse was how beautiful she was.”
As a black woman, it was a bit difficult for Judith to believe she gave birth to a white baby. But she gave birth to one. She wrote, “I was quite surprised by how white she was.” A few days later, the young mom was informed her daughter was born with albinism.
Initially, Judith was worried because of the health issues associated with albinism because she was informed her baby girl would have issues with vision, but soon the mom realized how incredibly amazing her baby girl is. She said, “I always tell her how beautiful she is, because she really is. I wouldn’t trade her condition for a million dollars because she’s perfect to me in every way. Albinism may have its challenges but I’m teaching her to be strong and conquer whatever may come her way. I’m showcasing the beauty in albinism by constantly taking pictures of her and twin brother. I’m not sure she’s aware of her uniqueness at the moment, but eventually she’ll know, and it’s my responsibility to educate her and teach her to love herself no matter what.”
Doctors had informed Judith, Kachi would suffer with her vision while growing up and she would be needing braille to read. The concerned mom said, "I was OK knowing that her vision wouldn't be perfect, but telling me my daughter will need braille in school was very heartbreaking. I threw the braille sheets in the garbage."
Judith says that now she is focusing on making sure her daughter grows up embracing her differences and letting her baby girl know how unique she is. She describes Kachi as a smart girl with a strong personality. She said, "I'm not sure she's aware of her uniqueness at the moment, but eventually she'll know. It's my responsibility to educate her and teach her to love herself no matter what."