How many premature babies do you have? 1, a boy
His gestation born? 36 weeks gestation
How long was he hospitalised for? He was in hospital for 4 weeks. He went home on his due date
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 really hard having to leave my son in the hospital. It was a horrible feeling seeing my son on heart monitors, he had a drip in his arm, and a gavage in his nose as he could not feed properly. It made me feel really bad seeing him like that. For 4 weeks i went up to the hospital from 8am till 11pm at night, every 3-4 hours i expressed milk for him as i wanted to breastfeed. It took him 6 weeks to be able to latch on to the breast
How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? Amazing, excited. I felt the strongest feeling of love as soon as i saw him
Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? For now we have decided on one, but in the future i do want one more
Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? if so how have you dealt with it? My son was born at 2505grams he now weighs a health 9657grams at 8 months old. The only problems i have noticed with him is that he is a bit slower to learn things than my friends babies like sitting up and crawling.
How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? Having a premature baby can be very stressful and upsetting, although it is the happiest time in your life having a baby. It can be very emotional seeing your baby going through the things that prems have to go through, prem babys are little fighters. I recommend to all my pregnant friends to always take it easy and try not stress as it can cause premature labour. Also be aware that premature labour can happen at anytime and and for no reason at all.
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