Maeve Press is a comedian, actress and writer from New York City. Her heart rate was slowing, and as a physician noted, “she was deciding for us”. On day 18 of her life, the surgeons decided it was now or never to repair the diaphragmatic hernia. Often times, in our modern world, this sacred time of connection and support is lost. They pushed my entire hospital bed into the NICU since my body was still numb from the surgery. The next 16 days went by in a cautiously hopeful yet scary roller coaster ride of watching the “numbers”…heart rate, blood pressure, the oxygen level in her blood, the flow needed on the ECMO machine, the amount of fluid given versus the amount Maeve eliminated through urine…all to help determine the “right” day for Maeve to have her diaphragm repaired. If this were happening to an adult, then my answer would be ‘no’”. Lucky for us, they allowed Jonathan (Daddy) to fly down with her, while I stayed back for my necessary recovery. It was an up and down day, of waiting and watching to see how Maeve would respond to the changes since surgery. Even by indie film standards, Theresa Is a Mother is a family affair. That night Jonathan asked if I thought Maeve would make it. Maeve Press, Actress: Everything's Gonna Be Okay. And in the end, Maeve’s body couldn’t take another procedure. Throughout the pregnancy we were of the understanding that Maeve’s stomach was in her chest, pushing her heart to the side and taking up valuable space where her lungs needed to develop. © Maeve Gives Corporation, a 501(c)3 | Designed and managed by Fistbump Media, LLC. She is starring in the series "Everything's Gonna be OK" on Freeform. Her heart rate is slowing. She weighed 4 lbs. It was time to see what the lungs could handle. More fluid was building up in her body, and that included her lungs. We had the staff remove her IV’s, and then her breathing tube. Maeve Alice Miller was born on July 6, 2009. Like the Celtic Goddess Maeve, every woman is intuitively connected to her unique rhythms. She had turned a reddish/purple color, possibly due to all the blood products she received so quickly after surgery. Maeve was just “old” enough, and just “big” enough to qualify for this intervention. BY FRANK SCHECK C. Fraser Press stars, co-directs and scripts this dark indie comedy about a financially struggling mother who moves back into her parents’ home with her three children. We encourage you to consider the way Maeve’s brief life may have moved you, or can move you, to do something more with YOUR time. It was too much for her. She couldn’t take anymore. We were able to touch her legs gently, take a picture or two, and tell her we loved her. 10 oz. She is starring in the series "Everything's Gonna be OK" on Freeform. Women have been coming together in honor of the moon for ages. She could have the diaphragm repaired after she was born, but the lungs were key in determining how well she would do. I responded “I have hope because she’s a baby, and all babies know to do is fight to be alive. These classes are about connecting to your physical body, and loving yourself deeply. Besides the annual runs, you can also make donations to Maeve Gives, a 501(c)3 corporation. They wrapped her up and handed her to us…the first time we were able to hold her…while she died. Maeve’s body was so full of fluid she looked like she would burst. It was difficult to say how thing would go. Her arms and legs looked so little and skinny. Maeve was the youngest comic ever to perform at Boston's Women in Comedy Festival (two years in a row). She did not look like the baby born 20 days earlier. To most people, that age and weight wouldn’t seem “too bad” for a premature baby. The surgeons found that small bowel, spleen, some of her liver, and some large intestine were also herniated into the chest. Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Join us in supporting Forgotten Voices as they work to empower local churches in Southern Africa to care for vulnerable children in their communities. She weighed 4 lbs. Our ceremonies are spent honoring our essence, connecting with our bodies, sending love to our hearts, connecting with nature, and receiving support from our sisters. Maeve was the youngest comic ever to perform at Boston's Women in Comedy Festival (two years in a row). We thanked God it was a cloudless, moonlit night for their flight. But Maeve had a bigger problem to face…she had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), meaning her diaphragm had not developed properly, so some of her abdominal contents had been in her chest cavity. It doesn’t look like she’s going to make it.” The minute I saw her I knew…this was it. 10 oz. She was early…34 weeks along in the pregnancy. 10k Followers, 1,292 Following, 1,004 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Maeve (she/her) (@maevepress) By the next day she had been moved from the ventilator to the oscillator, another machine that assists with breathing, because she was not getting enough oxygen from the ventilator. Once we spent an hour in the recovery room for me, they allowed us to go into the NICU to see her. We also understood that she needed as long as she could have in utero for her lungs to develop as much as they could. written by Melissa Miller, her mother. Maeve Press is a 16 year old comedian, writer and actress from New York City. When we as women gather together - connecting with our bodies, opening our hearts, and embodying our true essence - the result is a village of sisters who are empowered, loving, supportive, and embodied. To most people, that age and weight wouldn’t seem “too bad” for a premature baby. The titular role is played by C. Fraser Press, who also wrote […] She stars in the new Freeform series “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” by Josh Thomas which was recently picked up for a Season 2. After being delivered by an emergency C-section, the staff at Hamot Medical Center worked on stabilizing Maeve. Maeve was the youngest comedian ever to perform at Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival and has played other festivals including Hoboken and Burbank Comedy Festival. She was not strong enough to come off the ECMO machine, and fluid was building up in her body. On the first day at Children’s, Maeve was not able to breathe well on the ventilator, and it was determined that she would need to be put on ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation). Little Maeve’s head was purple, and no one quite knew why, but the rest of her body looked perfect. She was intubated and hooked up to IV’s. Maeve Alice Miller was born on July 6, 2009. We were happy to have a decision made, and glad to have her stomach moved back into place to allow her lungs to expand more…but we were terrified. She was early…34 weeks along in the pregnancy. The doctors asked us if we wanted to try anything else…like putting a tube in her chest to try to drain some fluid…but we all knew that was not going to solve our problem. We didn’t want to do anything TO her anymore. Through fluid movement, breath, and presence, you will nourish your body, strengthening her and opening her in ways that she naturally wants to move. Maeve seemed to handle the surgery well, but they discovered more than just stomach had herniated to her chest cavity. After a few hours, she was flown to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in a helicopter. Maeve was taken off ECMO a few hours after surgery, and put on a ventilator. Basically, because she was not getting enough oxygen with the assistance of the ventilator, her blood would be taken out of her body through a big tube in her neck, oxygenated for her, then put back into her body. There are lots of ways you can make a difference! The next morning, Jonathan called from the hospital to say “Come right away. Maeve Press is a comedian, actress and writer from New York City. We knew that wasn’t a good sign either, but were hopeful that things would improve now that everything was in the right place. Although we knew needing ECMO was not a good sign, we thanked God she had been “allowed” to be on it. Some days looked better than others, but none of them seemed like the “right” day for surgery.