Parents Names: Natalie & Andrew
How many premmie babies do you have? 1 – a girl
How long were they hospitalised for? 12 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? My husband and I just spent as much time as possible with our daughter. Family and friends waited on the sidelines while we did everything we could to make her journey easier. I found talking to other parents in the NICU extremely helpful
How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? I was pretty doped up on morphine (emergerncy c-section) and just looking at this little tiny human that was supposed to be mine. I remember telling the nurse that if it wasn’t for the fact that they were keeping track I’d wouldn’t have picked that she was my baby.
Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? There never was any question we’d have another. 12 weeks seems like an eternity when you’re living and breathing it but when it’s put in perspective it’s only a blip on the radar. Our daughter is (fortunatly) very healthy and happy and has no complications so the decision to have another is easy.
Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? if so how have you dealt with it? We are SO LUCKY that there are no lasting complications
How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? Prematurity is extremely serious and I’ve found that just talking to people about doesn’t always help. Our friends still don’t have a clue what it was like for us. I had a doll made up to my daughters birth weight and size and that puts it in perspective for some.
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