Alison and Scott – Premmie Parents Of The Moment


Parents Names: Alison and Scott

How many premmie babies do you have? One

How long were they hospitalised for? Four weeks

Is there any prematurity in your families history? No

How did you cope with the world of prematurity when your child/children were born? It was hard but I had support from my husband and family, esp my mum. And the midwives were fantastic. I was going to the hospital twice a day, whilst recovering from a Caesarian. My mum drove me to the hospital every morning as I couldn’t drive, and my husband drove me each evening.

How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? I was so pleased that she was alive after a nervous time with the labour, but she wasn’t breathing well and seeing her on the C-Pap with so many other tubes on her little body was horrible, she was so tiny and frail and it seemed an awful way to be introduced to the world.

Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? We are planning on a second child but will wait awhile first.

Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? if so how have you dealt with it? She developed a heart murmur which really scared us as we only found out when she was 2-3 weeks old and up until then we were pleased with her progress. So it seemed to be a major setback, but luckily she hasn’t shown any signs that it is troubling her, and at each checkup it appears to be reducing. We hope it will be gone before she is a year old.

How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? I had never really given much thought to how it feels but having gone through it, it is scary and you just have to trust the doctors and midwives and they are truly fantastic in how they deal with it.

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