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I cried my eyes out reading everyone’s amazing comments in response to my US Weekly story. I thank everyone for the amazing support.

When I laid in that hospital bed for months during my pregnancy with Finn I remember saying to myself “when!” my baby is finally born and we are both healthy I will share my story. I will share my commitment to motherhood and strength with other mom warriors everywhere. Now that I have done that, these many amazing comments confirm that it was not only a journey I needed to go through but a journey I was meant to share with others.

Here are some of your amazing comments:

@J HoughTori, I just wanted to say, God Bless you, and your family. I cannot imagine having to live with such a scary diagnosis AND keep it out of the public eye for so long. Now I see the deeper meaning behind some of your comments prior to Finn’s birth, that this would likely be your last baby. I hope that you are feeling better and I can’t wait to read more posts on fashion, food and family as you continue to recover and get stronger! Finn is adorable, and I love the cover pic where Liam has his arm linked with Stella’s, soooo cute!

@Jayme DowdyTori….YOU DID IT! Another BEAUTIFUL baby! So very happy for you! I am sorry that you had such difficulties, but what a story he can tell, that his mom loved him SO much that she endured 10weeks in the hospital+ all the procedures and scares. THIS is what being a mom is….doing anything for your child, even when they aren’t even born yet! What a great mommy (AND FAMILY!) little Finn has. God Bless you Tori and I hope that God continues to bless you and your family :)

@Holly SosaI’m so glad you’re sharing your story. I lost a son at 22 weeks due to an incompetent cervix. He was born perfectly healthy & alive, but was too premature & did not survive his early birth. I think more of us need to share our stories & spread awareness. Kudos to you for using your celebrity to encourage other Moms & spread awareness.

@Chelsea KiddWow, what a powerful story. I’m so glad to hear that everyone is healthy now! Thanks for sharing, Tori. I look forward to reading the article and seeing the pictures when I get the magazine in the mail. :) Your family is truly an inspiration to me!

@Emily BeebeWhat a fighter!! You are amazing…so glad you decided to share your ordeal. So brave!

@Monica BoringHe is BEAUTIFUL!!!! So happy to finally see his precious face! So sorry for all the issues that came up but ecstatic to to hear that everything is going smoothly now :) I know I don’t know you personally but I feel like I do and what I do know leads me to say that you are a wonderful person and mom! Finn couldn’t be more blessed because he has you for a mom and Dean for a dad and of course his big brother and sisters!! Tahnk you for sharing your life with your fans! YOU ROCK!!

@Sharron LockwoodWow Tori! What a frightening thing for you and your family to go through. You are a brave, fighting mama bear. I am so glad that everything has turned out ok. I thank you so very much for sharing your story with all of us. You are truly an inspiration to all women. God Bless you all.

@doreen porzioOMG, Tori!! You are so brave!!! What a shocking story!! I am so sorry you had to go through such a traumatic situation and terrible heartache through your pregnancy!!! God Bless you for the fighter you are!!! I know you are a STRONG woman, but you really showed us how strong of a woman you Really ARE!! I am so Proud of you and also happy to hear that you are healthy and both you and Finn are ok!! What a Happy ending to this story!!! God Bless you Tori, and all of your beautiful family!!! Hope Finn is doing wonderfully!! God was watching out for you!! Love and Hugs!! Xo

@Renee DuryeeOMG….Tori, you are one tough cookie and God bless you and your miracle baby Finn! Thank you so much for sharing your story as I can only imagine it has been hard to re-live, but you are SO fortunate & blessed to now have baby Finn in your arms & are continuing your road to recovery:) Take care of yourself and get plenty of R & R and spoiling from Dean & the rest of the kiddos!! You are a true inspiration:)

@Rachel PorterOh my Goodness! I cannot believe you had to go through such a tramatic experience with baby Finn! I am so glad that you and the baby are healthy and home. You have such a beautiful family. You are an inspiration to so many women Tori. Myself included. Take care.

And here are a few comments from readers who also had placenta previa:

@Buffy LSWhen I read your story it made me cry. My 4th pregnancy was also a surprise and at 20 weeks I was diagnosed with placenta previa and put on bedrest. As a stay at home Mom with 3 older active children it made life so difficult. Thankfully my Mom was amazing as well as great friends who helped out. At 34 weeks I was diagnosed with Placenta Accreta and had to be flown thousands of miles away from home to a hospital that was equipt to deal with this turn of events. Leaving my children was the hardest thing I have ever done, not knowing If I would come home to them was undescribable heart wrenching pain. Baby and I held on until 37 weeks. After a c section (my 3rd), 6 hours of life saving surgery, the loss of over 40% of my own blood supply, and an emergency hysterectomy the relief of waking up and holding Cullen Nathaniel (7pounds, 11 ounces) for the first time was one of the best moments of my life. Cullen turned 3 in July and is one of the most cutest, funniest, stubborn, daredevil I have ever met. As Moms we try to do it all, but please take time to heal and recover and enjoy your beautiful family. Congrats

@Lara RatliffSo happy to hear you are all healthy and safe. I too had a placenta previa. Was very scary when the Doctor told me what it was and what to expect. I was able to only need about 2 weeks bed rest, but I only had one toddler so we were able to manage. My son was born 3 weeks early (I got to choose a very special birthday for him!) and completely healthy. He is now almost 14 years old! Our third (and final) was born via VBAC about 2 years later. My body was able to heal, as will yours!!! AI am a huge fan, and I am very glad that you are so open and willing to share with us!! Thank you!!!

@Tracy VanicekI am so happy that everything turned out so happy for you, your baby and your family!!! I also was received the news that I had placenta previa at 20 weeks, after finding out that I was pregnant only 8 1/2 weeks before. My placenta previa turned into placenta accreta. And at 27 weeks I went into the hospital for an 11 day stay before my Liam was born via an emergency C-section(my fourth) weighing 2 pound 11 ounces. After 24 pints of new blood in my body, 24 hours in a medically induced coma and almost 72 hours in the ICU. I got to see my tiny little guy in his own little medical coccoon. Now three years later he is a busy, tiny little guy and I treasure him!!!! Peace be with your family and God’s blessings on your life together.

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The stories from the moms who also had placenta previa are beautiful and inspiring. It’s important to know we aren’t alone. Today, a mom came up to me with her 5 year old daughter and said, “Tori, meet my placenta previa miracle. She was born at 25 weeks and is the light of my life”. The little girl was beautiful, happy, and strong. I fought back tears as I hugged this woman who a day before had known me only as a celebrity. Now, we bonded over motherhood and our miracles.

I promise to continue to inspire as all of you continue to inspire me. Thanks for being a part of my community that I now call a family!

And to read the whole story of my journey with Finn, check out the latest issue of Us Weekly on stands now.

Love,
T

Related Stories:
My Journey with Finn
Finn’s First Headshot
Liam’s World: Liam Gives Finn a Nickname!
It’s a Boy!!

  • Rebecca Baker

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It literally brought me to tears as well as reading about other moms going through or have been through similar situtions. Luckily I gave birth to two healthy children with no complications, and I am so thankfully every day for that. I am a huge fan of yours and have been a follower of your shows since the very beginning. Your family is beautiful and I wish you all the best for the future. Take care!!

    -Rebecca

  • Marita S Homstvedt

    You and your family is so amazing Tori! The thing I love about all of you is that you seem so down to earth and see other non-celebrity people with the same value as yourself. I LOVE THAT! <3

  • MsJillMF

    I can’t wait to read this story!! I was a huge fan of 90210, an even bigger fan of Tori and Dean and now I’m just loving watching you be a mom. I LOVE this blog!! I am so happy that everything turned out ok.

  • J Hough

    Tori, you ARE an inspiration to moms everywhere. Just remember, that while life moves at the speed of sound, you and your family should try and slow it down as often as you can. Sage advice, which is hard to heed mine you (I have a hard time with that myself being a mom to two active girls under 6!) When you become a mother, no matter for how long or HOW, you join a sisterhood that is sometimes beautiful and sometimes maddening. Blessings!

  • Kristine D

    My one question to you Tori after going through this…are you and Dean done with having children? I know it’s hard to say when…I am the proud mom of a 32 weeker who was born almost 4 yrs ago at 2lbs 10 oz..he is doing wonderfullly – my issues were preeclampisa and IUGR. At 38 I knew he was the only baby for me and that’s ok….

  • Ann Crook

    Pregnancy and the birth of a healthy child really is such an amazing miracle. My mom had placenta previa with my brother 42 years ago. Back then, they didn’t have the benefit of ultrasound technology, and she had no idea until the birth. She almost bled to death and also almost lost my brother, but 42 years later, he is a healthy grown man with children of his own. I never had PP, but I did have other problems….a unicornuate uterus (half a uterus) and preeclampia with HELLPS made both of my pregnancies very scary and both of my kids were preemies due to these problems (but now a healthy 7 yr old and 10 yr old!). I have to admit that when I was pregnant I was jealous of all of my friends who had seemingly easy and stressfree pregnancies, but in the end I think it gave me an added appreciation for just how miraculous pregnancy is and just how precious those little lives are to you even before they are born.

  • Lenora Rogers

    I am so happy you are doing better. Many Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  • Emily Beebe

    Well, it takes a lot to share and to admit that things just aren’t always perfect! It was out of your control and yet you were strong for Finn and determined to fight!!

    http://www.asweetbite.blogspot.com

  • chata

    I purchased the magazine and what you went through is very scary; praise the Lord to your wonderful husband Dean that stepped up to the plate. Glad your story had a happy ending. Loved the pictures in the magazine. Your kids are ADORABLE.

  • Myeleah

    I hope you are recovering & relaxing at home with your beautiful family! Think of the fun holiday season approaching & all the excitement & magic, children bring to it!

    I think it was an important decision to share your pregnancy/birth story. You never know who will read it & be given the strength to handle her own medical scare while being pregnant!

  • Sharon Curtis

    And now you’ve made me cry. You have a lovely way with words and your stories are always so touching. Your willingness and openness to allow us into your private world makes us feel a little bit a part of ‘your family’ and I think we all feel love, inspiration, admiration and fondness for you, Dean and all your gorgeous sweet littlies. My kids are now 21 and 17 and every day I look at them and wish for those 0-5 years all over again. Treasure the preciousness of these years – they go by way too fast and before you know it they are adults. It’s wonderful how you advocate for mummyhood – it’s such a special gift we get to have as women – and is often all to easily overlooked as not important when it is THE most important and fulfilling ‘career’ you will ever have. I hope you all continue to be health and enjoy life. So glad you made it through such a tough time and little Finn is now in the world.

  • Holly Banks

    I firmly believe that God has a plan for eveything and everyone, and that plan isn’t contained only within the boundries of our small immediate circle of family and friends, but the greater circle of community (which has gone global in your case Tori)!

    The love you have for your husband and your children, the sense and meaning of true family comittment and reslilence solidifies to the world that no matter what socitey is teaching us and our children, somethings don’t simply get thrown away because they reguire a more diligent and brave effort on our part. Those are often the most beautiful gifts life and God has to offer. Laura Story has a beautiful song entitled “Blessings” and the band Kutless has another called “What If” that share how our trials in life, depening on our view and the road we choose, can make us better and not bitter.

    All that to say . . . THANK YOU ALL for open your lives, your love, your family and your expierences with us. It’s good to know in this world when life and realtionships can be so messy at times, that there is peace for those who want it badly enough to fight for it no matter the cost to self!

    Love and hugs to you all and those PRECIOUS babies! Liam reminds me of my oldest – marching to the beat of his own drum and his music is so cool!

  • CHER GOMEZ

    Tuning in to 90210 every week was the hilight of my early teenage years. Now my family and I love watching you and Dean and the beautiful family you’ve created together. You are an amazing mom, and such an inspiration to moms everywhere. On April 2nd, after 4 previous c-sections and a complicated pregnancy, we welcomed baby Sydnie Olivia into the world. We call Sydnie our grand finale.!! Congratulations, Tori, and thank you for sharing the story of beautiful baby Finn with all of us who can relate and who aspire to be as great a mom as you are.

  • Tracey Charles

    Tori, the fact that you respond to your readers – who have become like friends and family to you! – is amazing. You are very kind and it does inspire everyone to realize you are a human being, a wife, mom, etc and not just a “celebrity”. I’m so happy for you and your little “miracle”. Love your positive attitude!

  • Nicole Stone

    I’m so glad you chose to acknowledge those people that were there to support you (and ignore all those nasty comments), and your courage to share your story…because you didn’t have to. Every child is a beautiful gift, and I’m very happy for you and your beautiful family.

  • Karleen

    Hi Tori–

    Thank you for response. Your kids are gorgeous, you look amazing, your husband is wonderful—just please take good care of yourself after the trauma your body has been through!!!! You are so generous to respond to everyone. I also personally thank you for sharing your story with others, since the general public is not aware about maternal complications and how many there are in the US.

    Big Hug,

    Karleen Basch

  • Jeanne Tutt

    My sisters first daughter was born 2 months premature due to pre eclampsia starting to turn on her body. My niece was 2 pounds 3 ounces at birth. We went shopping with her on her original birthday! That’s right… she’s a fighter and was out of the hospital quickly (6 days) so we celebrated that bench mark. I have a picture of my dad’s finger where her hand didn’t even wrap halfway around it! I have small fingers myself and her hand wrapped halfway around mine. We could carry her around and support her completely with 1 hand. I had my hand under her butt and her head rested on my shoulder while I still had a hand free :)

    she’s now 10 1/2 and while still a scrapper (takes after her mom when her mom was her age) she’s a blackbelt in tae kwon doe! I’m her godmother and take that very seriously. She still has some challenges (high functioning autistic, ADHD, etc.) but she works through them all.

    When I had the 2nd part of my hysterectomy several years ago, I did it down in atlanta with the best doctor possible and thankfully somehow covered by my insurance even living in North Carolina. My abdomen was stapled shut after the surgery. I was stupid and really missed my dog that my husband had brought down so I had him bring her up on my parents deck and sat on the deck with my arms around her neck.

    This ended up causing me to pop some staples and get an ecoli infection. 2 weeks after the surgery for valentines day I was back in the hospital not knowing how serious things were at the time thankfully. The infection was immune to all but 3 antibiotics and I couldn’t even push/pull myself up in bed. I hurt from the ends of my hair to the tips of my toes. My husband was back home in NC and my parents house I had been recouperating in was an hour from the hospital so I was alone a lot.

    What got me through? I sat there and realized that while I had an ecoli infection and they were working non stop to figure out what will help it before taking me back in to cut out all the infected parts, I was alive and they were working on a cure. While I was in pain, I was alive. Unlike the poor boy a few years prior out in Seattle that died from having an ecoli infection from Odwalla juice.

    I try and look for at least 1 positive out of any situation. If you get down about something, think about that. Do you have a roof over your head? think about all those that don’t. car in the shop? at least you have one. cell phone fritzing? oh I guess you’ll have to use one of those things they call “land lines”. In the end none of the material things matter. Just you do.

    Peace and love,

    Jeanne

  • Lemon Meringue

    You’re welcome my dear Tori. You are always so open about the highs and lows in your life, and I feel very priviliged you want to share all those stories with us. I love the fact that loads of people (well … mostly women) connect through your blog, sharing their own personal stories, which are sometimes o so recognisable, with you being the motor behind it all. The least we could do was sent you our well wishes, good thoughts and positive spirit! I still feel a tad sad that you had to suffer a lot the last few months, but I am extremely happy at the same time that you and Finn are both alive and able to share your story in person. And hats of to the both of you managing to keep this whole ordeal out of the paparazzi-spotlights, that is one thing I do not envy you about.

  • Cammy Gollner

    Tori, since my two children were small and you had your first reality show, my husband and I have watched your family grow. What an amazing journey you have and continue to have. You can be assured that none of us pay attention to tabloid journalism, and continue to be amazed by your and your husband’s successes. Your children are a direct reflection of the love you and your family share – and it glows! Literally. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family photos in US magainze. Wishing you and yours all the best.

  • Stephanie Smith

    You’re more than welcome, Tori! I watched you grow up on the original 90210, and it’s always fun to read your blogs and see pictures of you, Dean, and the kiddos. I’m glad you and Finn are all right, and I appreciate you sharing your life and pictures with us through your shows and this blog. I wish you and your family every happiness.

  • Kate Kruuse

    Tori, “YOU ARE A WOMAN WARRIOR” (one of my mantra’s)! It must have been so difficult to keep the reality of what was going on under wraps, not only as a celebrity, but especially since you are so connected to your blog, a place where you are able to share, inform and express yourself with all those who follow you, fans and friends alike. I have so much respect for you, keeping your story private while fighting to keep yourself and Finn alive, and to protect your family during such a difficult time. Now that you are well, sharing your story has helped bring more awareness to conditions like placenta previa and has touched so many lives. WE ADORE YOU TORI! Blessings of love, laughter and light to you and your beautiful family!

  • Rebecca Caviness

    Your story hits home but a little different. I am a child of placenta previa. My mom only got to carry me for 25 weeks b/c of placenta previa,back then in 87′ they had her on bed rest before she had me but couldn’t do much like they can now. It came down to either her life or mine. (She had my two older sisters, one 10 and one 6 to be with) I remember my mom saying she prayed and prayed please don’t take this child from me, please oneday let me walk out with this baby to take home from hospital! At 25 weeks my mom started hemmoraging which sent her into ‘code blue’, they performed an emergency C-section b/c at this time they were trying to save the both of us even though it didn’t look good for either one of us. She knew I would be her last baby due to all of the complications and health problems. I was born weighing 1 pound and 13oz (yes, you read that right..one pound) I was in the hospital for three months until they released me. My mom got to walk out the door with her baby! I can’t imagine what you and my mom felt during that time, I do know yall are warriors of motherhood and yall’s strength to survive and to survive for your kids is on completely different level after you go through a scare of this sort. I applaud you.

    I do know this, after my mom had me she has been VERY protective of me…I don’t know if it’s b/c I’m the last child or it’s b/c we have an unbreakable bond of almost dying together. I’m 25 years old (I have a husband and daughter of my own) and Im still treated as the baby and still get looked out for and I wouldn’t have it any other way b/c I know the fight and struggle she made just to get me here! Oneday, Finn will know the fight and struggle to get him here and he will be just as proud and just as thankful to you, as I am to my mother. (especially when he has his own kids) Congrats to you and your sweet family! Yall made it :)

  • Butterfly

    Such a wonderful story, you can be so proud – you did it, Tori – thanks a lot for sharing :) Wish you and yor beautyful family all the best, and a fantastic wednesday:) Hugs from me in Norway:) ps: sorry for my english, I try my best:)

  • Christina Rose

    i love you so much! u inspire me to be the best i can be. i also had placenta previa with my 1st child and i was so scared it would again. untill i went to my midwife and she said that the placenta wont inplant in the same place twice, so the chance of that happening again isnt very great. i am happy to say my 2nd child was find and the placenta was in the highest point it could be. talk about irony. lol anyways! we made it and you did too. now just sit back and enjoy we all know how awesome you are, so feel free to take a break.

  • PackersTX

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa in my 3rd pregnancy. My first pregnancy resulted in a healthy, baby girl nearly 3 weeks late and born by emergency c-section. My second pregnancy ended in miscarriage and required a D&C. At 39, I was a high risk Mama already. At 12 weeks, they told me that I had a 1 in 5 chance for Down Syndrome. We did the CVS test to find out that the baby was negative.

    Around 20 weeks, I started to spot blood that was bright red. I’d repeatedly spot blood, stay overnight or two in hospital, and then it would happen a week or so later.

    I had to stop work early, go on “house arrest” as I called it and cajoled my husband into driving me to the next city for my gay best friend’s 40th birthday celebration.

    My miracle baby girl was born healthy at 36 weeks. She was perfect! I just lost over 1.5 liters of blood and required a transfusion. I also decided to have my tubes done knowing I could die if I had another pregnancy.

    She will be 4 years old next month!

  • doreen porzio

    Tori, I am so happy that you did share your story with us all!! You say how you cried your eyes out when you read our comments!!! Well, I cried my eyes out out too when I heard this tragic news!! I couldn’t even think of anything Ever happening to You or the Baby you were carrying at the time!! I can’t express this to you enough!!….. It was just soooo shocking to me!!! I am so very happy that you are healthy now & Finn too!! He is sooo beautiful!! You make such beautiful babies that turn into such adorable children!! You are a Wonderful and Nurturing mother!! I do want to say that Dean is such a Wonderful husband and a Great father!! I’m sure he was your Rock during all of this!! Life is Good!!! Enjoy your Beautiful Family!!! Love ya Sweet T!! Xo

  • desi

    Tori, I just went out and bought the magazine to see your pictures and read your story. How amazing! You are my hero because you just kept fighting week by week to get that little baby here! I am so glad that you are home now with little Finn. What a beautiful family and thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  • Donna Grooms

    I am so happy that you & baby are doing well. My sister-in-law lost my niece, Emily Kay, 2 yrs ago due to this same condition. She lived to be 5 weeks old & was such a precious, sweet Angel when she passed. Today, her momma is Blessed with a very healthy baby boy, which is not my nephew (Emily’s parents divorced last year), but I’m so happy for his momma that he is healthy & alive.

  • TagTailz

    Tori, thank you for such a wonderful site and for sharing your incredible story. We are thankful that you and Finn made it through such a terrible time and are now happily home with the rest of your family.

  • Lisa Mackay

    Tori <3 to you and your family xo god bless you all

  • JuJu

    got this magazine! love it!