How many premature babies do you have? One
Their gestations born? 33 weeks & 1 day
How long were they hospitalised for? Charlie spent 9 days in the NICU at the Mercy Hospital then another 39 days in the special care nursery of our local hospital. 48 days all together
Is there any prematurity in your families history? None at all
How did you cope with the world of prematurity when your child/children were born? I was shocked & scared. Mostly I felt very alone. I had never experienced anything like this. I didn’t know anyone who had had a prem baby. I didn’t know what to expect or what would happen. Charlie was taken to another hospital almost straight away which was a long way from home. I had only seen him briefly before he was taken. I didn’t see him again until the next day. It was the most horrible feeling in the world to be separated from my new baby & not knowing where he was or what was happening to him, not knowing who was looking after him was also very hard.
How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? I was still groggy from an anaesthetic so I don’t think the severity of Charlies situation really hit me until I saw him in the NICU the day after he was born. He was covered in tubes & had a CPAP on. He was hooked up to many machines & I was instantly frightened of what I was seeing. I felt like I’d entered some strange world. Everything I was seeing was so new to me. I had no idea these intensive care units looked like this!
Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? We already had 2 older sons so had decided no more during the pregnancy with Charlie & so I had my tubes clipped during the caesar with him.
Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? if so how have you dealt with it? Charlie was born with a chromosome 15 deletion so he has many health problems but none due to his prematurity. Charlie only arrived early as I had pre-eclampsia.
How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? I feel enormous respect for parents & families of prem babies. It’s so hard to explain to someone who hasn’t been through this journey how it feels & what it does to a family. It’s terribly hard to leave your baby in the care of others & to have to leave them & return each morning hoping nothing has gone wrong over night. Prems are true fighters & their parents amazing people. I hope our story might help someone to understand what it’s like to have a prem & what it’s like to be their parent.
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