Dianne & Peter – Premmie Parents of the Moment

Parents Names: Dianne and Peter

Their gestation born: Our son Reilly and our little girl Tameka

How many premmie babies do you have?
Reilly was born at 30 + 6 weeks
Tameka at 32 + 3 weeks gestation

How long were they hospitalised for? Premmie Parents
Reilly was in hospital for 6 weeks, 4 1/2 NICU and 1 1/2 SCN
Tameka was in SCN for about 3 weeks

Is there any prematurity in your families history? No neither family

How did you cope with the world of prematurity when your child/children were born? With Reilly it was very scary, all the unknown. The travelling to the hospital everyday and leaving him there was very difficult especially since he was 1 1/2 hrs drive away from home. With Tameka it was a little easier as she was emergency caesar so I was in the hospital for about a week after she was born. But having to be separated from Reilly and going to the hospital leaving him with Nanna after i came home was hard as we couldn’t take him in every day. Also having been through it before seemed easier at first but emotionally it was still hard to leave her every day. At least she was only 1/2 hr away for the first week then moved to local hospital.

How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? Reilly was whisked away from me I saw him for a second then next time I saw him he had drip lines in his arms tubes all over his face, a feeding tube, he looked like a cross between Santa with the hat on and a scuba diver with all the breathing apparatus. I was glad to see him but sad as well. My husband went with him from birth to the NICU so he saw everything going on while I recovered. With Tameka I didn’t see her fo a while as she was emergency caesar due to prolapse cord. I was still a bit out of it but she was in the isolette bed under the UV lamps and had hardly any tubes at all. It was alot easier to see her and it was also a relief.

Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? After Reilly i was sure I wanted another. But after having a second prem and she was a very difficult and emergency birth, we decided that was enough. We have our pigeon pair. I do think that if things were different and I was younger we might have another but not now. It was a very week by week…day by day pregnancy the second time around just waiting to get to an extra weeks gestation

Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? If so how have you dealt with it? Not that we have noticed so far

How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? We were very niave about the world of premmaturity even though a friend had been through it a few years before us. We knew her babies were born early and little but that was it. Now it’s astounding to us that there are sooo many premmie babies out there. I feel for anyone going through it. I cry when I read an article in a magazine sometimes. The conversations with other premmie parents can be very intense and it’s not until you have experienced it can you even begin to imagine. Taking family members and close friends in to see our babies they were so in awe of what they saw. We like to let others know about support groups or offer any advise if we can help. It is a very hard world when your baby is fighting like that. You can feel so alone. We just need to let them know that they are not alone.





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