Mother’s Day: four months of hospitalization and seven operations during her pregnancy before giving birth

Mother’s Day takes on a special character for a courageous young mother who had to overcome four months of hospitalization, seven operations and unbearable pain during her pregnancy before giving birth.

Jessica Colpron, from Mascouche, had already experienced the joys of motherhood with Liam, her eldest, now eight years old.

Photo Martin Alarie

“It had gone really well. I was in the woods hunting and fishing until 36e week,” says the dynamic 31-year-old woman enthusiastically.

But for the next one, Maïka, problems arose in the middle of the pregnancy, at the turn of 2022-2023. Her uterus has compressed the ureters, the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. The more the pregnancy progressed, the more the pain intensified.

“I had to take a lot of antibiotics because I had pyelonephritis [infections du rein et de l’uretère] repeat. This is an extremely rare complication. The urologists at Le Gardeur hospital had not seen this for 20 years,” she remembers.


Photo provided by Jessica Colpron

She underwent two operations to insert double J catheters.

“These are small, hard silicone tubes that are inserted into the kidney. They didn’t stay still. So we installed drains in my kidneys four times which came out in my back and which were connected to pockets.

A Way of the Cross

“I had to be hospitalized for four months. Sometimes I would go out for a day or two, but inevitably I would return to the hospital. I had a new infection, my drain had moved or crystallized. It was unbearable pain, like removing a hook,” explains the young woman.

As we can guess, Jessica Colpron did not experience the birth – with drains coming out of her back – that she dreamed of.

“They provoked me with all possible means and it didn’t work at all. After 29 hours, I went from 1 to 8 [de dilatation] in 5 minutes and 8 to 10 in one minute. The hasty exit caused Maïka to suffer a pneumothorax. The doctor barely had time to put on his outfit,” explains M.me Colpron.

The little girl’s heartbeat often dropped during childbirth, nothing to reassure the father and grandmother who accompanied M.me Colpron. Caesarean section was also considered.


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Maïka was born at 38 weeks on May 13, 2023, just four hours before Mother’s Day.

Her mother having had no other choice but to take powerful painkillers due to complications, little Maïka had to spend her first five weeks in hospital in withdrawal.

In health

“She is very small, but she follows her curve,” enthuses the mother about her baby in great shape.

This Mother’s Day, Jessica Colpron will focus on celebrating Maïka’s birthday. “It puts a balm on my heart.”


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Photo Martin Alarie

And besides, to mothers who experience adversity, she sends a message of hope.

“Mindset plays 80% of healing. No matter what obstacle lies in front of us, there is always a way to be resilient and keep moving forward.”

“If I had had to let everything that happened to me during my pregnancy get me down, I would probably be in major depression today.”

–Jessica Colpron

Mourning to do

Jessica Colpron must make an X on the possibility of expanding the family. “I can no longer have a safe pregnancy otherwise I will have to do dialysis for the rest of my life, which does not tempt me at all. This is one of the grievings that I had to grieve. I was not able to give birth as I wanted or breastfeed because the little one was not strong enough,” she explains.

Judgments that hurt

“It’s sad, but I was judged a lot by some nurses because I was taking a lot of Dilaudid [puissant antidouleurs], but it was the doctor who prescribed them. I found it deplorable, it affected my morale. And my heart was still beating above 110 from the pain. But other nurses made up for it and were real gems. In the birthing unit, I was treated very carefully,” confides Jessica Colpron.

A spouse present

M’s entourageme Colpron was a great help to her, she says. “My family was very present. My partner [Éric Gaudet] is a pearl. He would drive and pick up my son from school even though he is not his father and came to see me at the hospital every evening. The last three weeks, I was in a room with a wonderful 65-year-old gentleman, Réjean, who also had kidney problems. He had such a great personality that we remained friends. He played a crucial role in keeping me from loneliness.”

In great form

Fortunately, Mme Colpron was in excellent physical condition when misfortune befell her. “I was doing a paramedic course before I got pregnant. But I had to start from scratch. Taking five steps was too much for me at first. It took me six months to get over it,” she says.

Rotational work

Not knowing if his condition will one day allow him to resume his paramedic training, Mme Colpron focuses on her career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, which however requires her to work day, evening and night shifts. “Several of my cases have gone to court against criminals who committed assaults,” she says proudly.

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