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Amazing micro-preemies

Whenever I see pictures of premature babies my heart skips a beat. They’re just so incredibly little. I can only imagine what it’s like for parents of babies who arrive too soon. I’ve had friends have their babies arrive well before their expected due date, but I must admit I wasn’t really familiar with micro-preemies.

I’ve just finished reading a truly gripping book by an amazing woman called Alexa Stevenson. It’s called Half Baked and in it she shares the story of her battle to conceive and her finally falling pregnant with twins. Tragically one of her twins, a boy they called Ames, passed away in utero at just over twenty weeks, and his surviving twin Simone was born at just over twenty five weeks.

Until I read this I didn’t know much about micro preemies. The actual definition of it is a baby that is under 1 3/4 pounds (between 700-800 grams) and is generally born before 26 weeks gestation, though most people use this term up to include any baby under 3 pounds (1500 grams) or under 29 weeks gestation.

The book follows the battle for Simone’s survival throughout many difficult weeks in the NICU. Reading Alexa’s book it really struck me how hard it is for parents of preemies in terms of missed expectations. There is often no time for a baby shower, your birth plan goes out the window and the NICU is often described as a roller coaster ride.

Alexa writes about how parents of full term babies often have no concept of just how tiny a micro preemie can be. She described her daughter as having fingernails half the size of a grain of rice when she was born. The statistics regarding survival rates for these little sweethearts has improved enormously in recent years, but parents and babies often endure enormous trauma during those rocky early weeks and often have to cope with great heartache and loss.

I am in awe of the things parents of micro-preemies have to endure, even though as Alexa says in her book: “you would if you had to.” While less than 5% of births occur at less than 28 weeks it is still something that must be terrifying for those parents who fall into that category. For Alexa the thing that comforted her was that her daughter would never remember her time in the NICU. I can’t imagine that her parents escaped so lightly.

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Avatar SarahBlogger

When your baby arrives too soon. Way too soon. Alexa Stevenson's story.

Read the full blog post: Amazing micro-preemies

Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:22 PM

Avatar Rebecca222

Hi Sarah, these babies are amazing!

When my son was born at 32 weeks I was in shock. Luckily he was a fighter and was discharged at 6 weeks without too much drama. Many of the babies in the NICU were much smaller and required so much more to help them grow and be strong.

The staff in the NICU's are so wonderful and do so much to help both the little ones and us as parents. We are forever grateful for their kindness and support.

To help other parents who have been or are going through the same thing, I have teamed up with some other mums and we are now raising funds and awareness of the NICU at our local hospital and providing support for parents as they go through the NICU journey and then finally get to take their little one home.

Thank you for your post!

When your baby arrives too soon. Way too soon. Alexa Stevenson's story.

Read the full blog post: Amazing micro-preemies

Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:18 PM

Avatar helloeverybody

My boy was born at 34 weeks, it is an amazing roller-coaster of emotions you go through and should be given priorty for expecting mothers that this could happen. Sometimes you felt like telling them that you will come and pick your child up when they turn 18. Its a patience game, in life we can control most things but in the world of the NICU its the premmie babies that make the call. One minute there going great and your spirits lift then the next they are not agreeing with it and they go down hill, and you can't do much about it.
The thing that really got me was not being able to do the most basic of things like hold your baby or be able to see them move even an inch. When you see documantrys where the mother is holding there baby you become envious over the fact that you could not do that. They don't really know how lucky they are to have the most precious thing in the world happen to them.

Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:34 PM

Avatar SE11A2

my son roaree was born 29 weeks 1800grams he is fighter and was only in the nicu for 4 weeks and i got to take him home which amazed me,
everyone was so nice and helpful and if he wasnt doing well theyd ring and tell me plus if i hadnt anything to eat theyd get me something i cried for a full day just wanting to go home and take him with me the nurse sat by me and cuddled me cuz she knew what i was going thru
luckily he was of a few that do survive ive met great ppl and still talk to them now when i left a girl had been in there for 167 days im so lucky

Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:11 PM

Avatar Glenntaralynn

My baby was born at 29 weeks. Such a shock because I was having such a normal pregnancy. Just out of the blue I got stomach cramps which I didn't even know was labour until I couldn't talk between contractions which I didn't know were contractions. Finally we went to the hospital and two days later we had a baby born weighing 1.65kgs and born 11 weeks before he was supposed to. The NICU at Waikato hospital were so amazing. I loved the nurses there. They made a scary situation quite a positive experience for us. My baby was in there for 7 and a half weeks. He was fantastic up until 9 months old. Then he got pneumonia and bronchiolitus and he has been in and out of hospital until now and he still gets whatever bugs are going around because he has such a low immunity. I stay home with him because they have told us not to send him to daycare because of his immunity. When he is not sick he is such a gorgeous happy 14 month old that has brough so much joy to our lives and we wouldn't change the fact that he came early because it has made him who he is. The one thing that got me through in the NICU was talkign to parents who were about to leave with their babies who had been through what we were going through and them telling us their positive stories.

Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:37 PM

Avatar Joey0504

Like Alexa Stevenson my little twin girl passed away and I delivered them both at 33 weeks. Luke was 1900 born but not the smallest by far. He spent 2 weeks in special care and was home in time for his sisters funeral.

My best friend 1 year ago delivered a 26 weeker at 680gr. She was born in the September and stayed in NICU for 3 months though hoping to be home for Xmas, she extended her stay in hospital a little closer to her home for another 6 weeks...finally coming home in the Feb.

She is a year old now and fighting fit.....a true little MIRACLE.... It's just amazing to see them so so tiny like in this little girl who was so under developed to fight and grow into a little amazing beautiful little girl....

My heart really goes out to all the parents of Premmies, it's such a heartwrenching time for them and the whole family.

Mother of twins (Hold one in my arms and one in my heart).

Posted 15 February 2011 - 06:17 PM

Avatar Lhamsonbb

i am a mother of twin boys that arrived at 31 weeks born at the john hunter hospital. they were 1832grams and 1636 grams, the nicu doctors and nurses are amazing they were like family as we were there for 9 weeks with the bigger one having a few problems and on cpap for his first 48 days of life. nicu staff are a godsend.....

Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:58 PM

Avatar Unique_Mystique

Our baby was born at 24 weeks 575gms and only 27cms long. Weve been in NICU for 8 weeks now, and our little girls proving what a little fighter that she is.

Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:46 AM

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