Each month we will be featuring a premature baby for “prem of the month” in our newsletters.
“Miss January” is Talia Rivka and her mother Kathryn
Where was Talia born? KEMH in Perth
What was her gestation? 26 weeks, 6 days gestation
And her birth weight? She was 855g – now at 6 months corrected she’s finally over 5kg, woo hoo!
What do you remember most about your NICU journey?
Wondering if Talia would ever come off CPAP. Struggling to breast feed. Singing songs through the humidicrib window. Wonderful kangaroo cuddles. Pumping, pumping, pumping…
What might the NICU staff remember about you?
I was the mother who refused to give out my premature babies name for 5 days while I waited for my husband to come back to Perth. Even now there is a nurse who still asks after “Tic-tac”.
What has been your proudest moment since Talia came home?
Talia has some developmental delay (for example she is still not rolling) so we don’t take anything for granted, and every little milestone is a real buzz for us. Recently she figured out how to stay sitting up and we were just ecstatic. And I’m still producing a little bit of breastmilk for her, which is borderline miraculous given my problems with supply.
What is your top tip for other mothers of premmie babies?
Take lots and lots of photos of your premature babies – and make sure you keep a copy of them somewhere safe. I lost a lot of photos when my computer died and I didn’t have a backup. Also I wish I’d kept a journal, even if it was brief, because all those vivid early memories which I thought I would never forget are starting to dim now that time is passing and so many new memories are being created as Talia grows.
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