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Old Jul 23rd, 2012, 16:38 PM   11
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Annalise RaynaJo was Born at 36weeks due to me having severe preeclampsia she was born fine at 6lbs 2oz and 18inches long she has some health issues and what we believe is sandifers syndrome but she is 6 weeks old and strong



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 15:18 PM   12
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Id had a normal pregnancy, the only downside being SPD starting at 22ish weeks. From about 28 weeks i started measuring bigger than i was and at 33 weeks i had a growth scan and they estimated baby was allready 5lb 8 and said i was looking at a 9lb baby.

At 35+2 id woke from a nap on the sofa and felt a bit wet, nothing major so i thought baby must be dancing on my bladder making me wee myself I put on a pad and with in half a hour it was soaked so off to hospital i went. My waters were leaking and i was 2-3cm. They kept me in overnight but since nothing was happening i got sent home with antibiotics with an induction date two weeks later at 37 weeks. Two days later my waters started looking green so i went in and they said they were going to induce me, well turns out there was no need as i was allready 9cm. After a traumatic labour Niamh was born at 21.08 weighing 8lb 15 at 35+4. She was badly bruised after the birth.


She was breathing fine and had a few BF all-though she did have trouble latching. She was given IV antibiotics twice a day as a precaution because of my waters having been leeking for 52 hours before she was born and because of the meconium. She was well enough to be on the ward with me but when she was two days old i noticed she started looking a bit orange, she got sleepy very quick and was too tired to feed. With in 6 hours she was under tripple lights and on IV fluids to help flush the jaundice. The SCBU was full so she was put in a cot in the middle of the intensive care room with 4 tiny really poorly babys.





She spent 3 nights in special care and then a night in transitional care with me before going home at 6 days old.

Early on she did things slightly behind but by 3/4 months she had caught up developmentally and is now 20 months old and a total monster.

5 weeks old


7 months old


Her first birthday


Now(20 months)




 
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:13 AM   13
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My story starts out at 20 weeks gesgastin finding out I had preaclampsia toxciamia one OBGYN wanted to induce my labor at 24 weeks and i knew the chances of my unborn daughter syrviving were not great. So luckily i found a great OBGYN that kept me in bed rest at Miamia Valley hospital till 30 weeks and 2 days then she aid she said there was no choice but to deliver my daughter. My daughter Trinity weighed in at 3lb's 6 oz and was 16 inchs long. she satyed in the NICU for 1 month and 2 weeks. When she came home she had to wear an apnea moniter for her first year of life cause she wuld stop breathing while sleeping and eating. But know you could never tel all the struggles she went through. She wil be 5 August 16th and has had no problems affect her fom her prematurity.



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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:53 AM   14
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I had pprom and Evan arrived at 32+6 weighing 4lb 9oz. Being premature has not effected Evan at all. he's a little behind in what he should be doing but i think this is more to do with him being a lazy boy rather than him being a preemie. he's 2 next month and although he's small for his age he's perfect

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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 09:07 AM   15
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It is amazing what the little miracles can overcome, mine also came over alot. He is wnderful and cngrats on a nw healthy boy!



 
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 16:17 PM   16
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I'm a mature Mummy, Andrew is my first child and I was 39 when I fell pregnant. Due to a high DS score (1 in 5) my care was transferred to the High Risk Clinic at the hospital, which meant that I received additional scans. One of those scans picked up that I had bad uterine notching (affecting the placental bloodflow) and that my baby was IUGR, so I was warned that birth would be premature ...

I didn't realise how premature until a scan at 28wks showed that the bloodflow had reversed. My botty was walloped with sequential steroid jabs, and I was scanned every 2 days from then on. A week later, I had a morning during which I felt no movement, so I phoned my consultant. I was due for a scan at 3pm but he offered to scan me in his lunch-hour. Fearing the worst I went prepared with my hospital bags ... Andrew was born at 7:43pm that evening by c/s (he'd have been earlier but I ate lunch, which meant I had to wait for the anaesthetic!)

Andrew weighed 1lb 6oz. He was tiny. He was rushed to NICU and put on a ventilator to help with his breathing - this photo was taken on his second day.



He stayed on NICU for 11 weeks, progressing through the various rooms and slowly growing. He came home just two days after his original due date, which was a huge huge bonus for us.

It transpired he'd had a cranial bleed just before birth (hence the lack of movement) and that may well be the cause of his various problems. He has hearing problems, he's not deaf but has auditory neuropathy which means we don't know exactly what/how he hears (he wears aids to amplify what he does hear). He developed epilepsy at 8 months but was successfully treated with steroids. He has been classed as 'learning delayed' for a couple of years now, he is non-communicative, and we have now been referred for testing for Autism.

Still, he's bloody fantastic! He's a little poppet, it's his 3rd birthday this month and he is wearing age 18-24m clothing. This photo was taken a month ago when he was exploring the sand (texture) on holiday:




 
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 16:58 PM   17
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Yay Andrew! Such a wee star. Glad to hear he's coming along well.



 
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Old Aug 4th, 2012, 23:50 PM   18
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Sofia Michelle was born at 24 weeks 3 days due to my wife having severe preeclampsia. Just days before she delivered the doctors recommended that we abort, as Sofia's chance of survival was very low and the likelihood of her having a "normal" life was even lower. We told the doctors where to stick it and Sofia was born via emergency c-section on 12/15/11. She weighed only 1lb 2oz at birth, and her lowest recorded weight was .992 pounds. She spent 138 days in the NICU and gave us quite a scare, but Sofia is doing wonderfully and her development is right on track.

You can see all of her pictures on her Facebook page - GrowSofiaGrow










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Old Aug 15th, 2012, 10:34 AM   19
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Thank you ladies for sharing your wonderful stories. I went into preterm labor at 28 + weekds was dilated 1 cm 50% effaced. They stopped labor, gave me steroids for babies lungs. I am 30+4 today. Had more contractions yesterday sending me to hospital again for observation, luckily with no progression. They cant find a cause for me dilating and having contractions. Suprisingly I was on bed rest only for a few days and they are letting me resume normal activities?!? One dr told me that they dont recommend bed rest much anymore as they dont find it stops preterm labor, they think if your are going to have a premature baby then thats the way it was meant to be. So needless to say, I dont agree, I am super paranoid now with every contraction, pain and increased pressure. I feel helpless....all I can do is take one day at a time and hope and pray this little boy stays in place a little bit longer. But reading your stories gives me added hope and comfort.



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2012, 12:15 PM   20
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I have 2 premature babies, Elias and Fenix.

Elias was born at 28.6 weeks, weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces, and measuring 15 inches long. He spent 60 long days in the NICU. He is 21 months old now, and huge. He's walking, talking, and getting into everything.

Fenix was born at 35 weeks, weighing 4 pounds 13 ounces, and measuring 18 inches long. He spent 21 days in the NICU, and came home right before the New Year. He's 8 months old now, sitting unsupported, and attempting to crawl.

They have both made me (and their daddy) very proud!



 
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