Doctor explains miscarriage prevention - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Doctor explains miscarriage prevention

(WMC-TV) - Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Health experts say the numbers in the Mid-South are startling.

One local physician has dedicated his career to changing those statistics.

Melissa Alexander is getting a routine ultrasound at 23 weeks. She is having a baby boy and she is thrilled, but the journey to get here has been a rocky road.

"It was just devastating with my first loss then when I had my second, it was just even harder to comprehend because I had this dream for a family and it felt like I would never have a child to hold in my arms, that maybe that dream wouldn't come true," said Melissa.

In 2008, after five miscarriages, Melissa went to world renowned infertility researcher and specialist Dr. Billy Kutteh.

"Don't get pregnant now, we need to do some tests. Sixty-five percent of the time we can find the reasoning to this happening," said Dr. Kutteh.

With treatment, couples can have a successful pregnancy almost 80 percent of the time, but even mommies like Melissa say they still live day by day until a baby is born.

"Even to this day I find times when I would I feel fear, you know, could I lose this child as well? So it's really a process you have to take it step by step," said Melissa.

Dr. Kutteh says the key is early testing and treatment.

Testing determined Melissa Alexander had a common blood clotting disorder, the most common cause of miscarriage. But with treatment, tests determined she will soon be a mommy of two. Her 3-year-old daughter and a baby boy, who is due June 6.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:10:16 GMT
    KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:31:33 GMT

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>
  • Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

    Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:46:14 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:46:14 GMT

    A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal...

    More >>

    A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal charge in Los Angeles.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly