Eliza Jamkochian Bahneman and her daughter, Isabella Jamkochian Bahneman | Source: Facebook.com/elizabeth.jamkochian
Eliza Jamkochian Bahneman and her daughter, Isabella Jamkochian Bahneman | Source: Facebook.com/elizabeth.jamkochian

Mom Is Anxious as Doctor Steps Out upon Seeing Her Newborn & Nobody Congratulates Her on Birth

Dayna Remus
Oct 13, 2023
12:30 P.M.

After giving birth to her baby, a mother could not figure out what was happening as the room fell into complete dead, anxious silence. She was beyond terrified at what words would break the quiet atmosphere.


In 2018, after nine months of trying to conceive, 36-year-old Eliza Jamkochian Bahneman and her husband, 41-year-old Erik, were thrilled to find out they were having a baby!

Bahneman was beyond ecstatic, sharing her pregnancy journey with some of her friends and both her sister and sister-in-law. They were all simultaneously with children and had close due dates. The mom-to-be couldn't wait for her miracle newborn to make its way into this beautiful world.

Early to the Party


The baby girl did, of course, eventually choose to leave the safe space of her mother's womb a month earlier than anticipated. In October 2018, Isabella, or "Bella," was officially born.

This newborn was birthed at 5½ lbs after a total of 12 hours of intensive labor. However, what was meant to be an exuberant moment quickly faded.

A Terrifying Hush

Bahneman noticed a dark silence as whispers washed over the room, leaving her disconcerted. Looking back at the moment, she expressed:


"‘Why isn’t anyone congratulating me? Why is my husband so confused and scared? Why can’t my mom look at me? Why did my doctor step out?"

As the mother-to-be looked around the room and saw the excitement and anticipation of everyone, she was ready to see the little human that she and her husband had created.

Bahneman was already aware that motherhood had its challenges. She knew that breastfeeding might be a journey, but she was excited to share that bond with her child while still nervous about the changes she would face.


After her intensive labor, Bahneman remembered seeing her child's small folded ear, but she did not think much of it because she knew children looked "weird" at birth. Bahneman also recalled how small, red, and vulnerable her child looked.

The blank looks and reactions to her baby broke Bahneman's heart. "My room was silent. No one said a word. The silence tore me apart; it broke me, shattered my heart. I broke down, shaking, scared, confused, and lost. Writing this moment breaks me. With a heavy heart," she said.

Eliza Jamkochian Bahneman holding her baby Isabella up in the air. | Source: Facebook.com/elizabeth.jamkochian

Eliza Jamkochian Bahneman holding her baby Isabella up in the air. | Source: Facebook.com/elizabeth.jamkochian

She was first met with specialists surrounding her daughter and taking down notes, and all she could wonder was what she did wrong. Eventually, the mother saw her child. "I finally got a glimpse of Bella and… she looked 'different,'" she recalled.


Bella was then taken to the NICU, and after many tests and evaluations, the newborn was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Treacher Collins. This causes the facial bones not to develop properly.

A Tiny Soldier

Looking back at the arrival of her daughter, Bahneman felt sad that her daughter's life was not celebrated based on how she looked.

Bahneman confessed that she felt angry at the ultrasound technicians for not noticing that her child had this rare syndrome. However, the mother came to the realization that not everything went as planned, so she had to face her challenges head-on.


As she watched Bella grow, Bahneman could not be more proud of how "resilient” her daughter was, and the biggest reward of motherhood was watching her interact with people. Despite the challenges of becoming a mother, Bahneman is determined to raise awareness about her daughter's condition.


Due to this, Isabella was born with many issues, such as loss of hearing and a small airway. So began the rocky road consisting of surgeries and having to rush to the hospital due to emergencies. Bella had to attend many forms of therapy. This included music classes for her loss of hearing and speech, as well as occupational therapy.

More Hurdles

Three years on and it appeared that Isabella was still growing strong. Nevertheless, this 3-year-old was also facing adverse social reactions due to her condition, with people judging her based on how she looked. However, the mom said:

"We are all born with differences and some are more visible than others. The world would not be so colorful if everyone was the same."


She also keeps a positive mindset and understands that some people's differences are more visible than others. "Life is beautiful because our world is colorful. I want people to have an open heart and mind. Life can feel so light if viewed differently," expressed the proud mother.

Bella is growing and will be celebrating her fifth birthday soon. Her mother always shares pictures of her, and people in the comments have praised the little girl for her beauty. "Beautiful Bella," remarked a netizen. "Hi, I am a Hungarian girl, and your little girl is beautiful," added another commenter.


The mother wants to keep raising awareness and educating the public on the Treacher Collins disorder. Overall, Bahneman wants to inspire others to be kind to those who have this condition. After all, this is all anyone should do when they meet someone unique yet beautiful.

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