Inspirational Premature Babies Born at 31 Weeks Gestation

Read the inspirational stories of courage and fight for survival from these amazing premature babies born at 31 weeks gestation throughout Australia including advice from their parents.

Premmie Babies Name: Charlee-Belle
Gestation Born: 31+4 weeks
Weight When Born: 1675 grams
Length When Born: 42cm
Current Age: 6 months
Current Weight Now: 6kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: We have been very luck, Charlee Belle has no ongoing medical conditions. She spent 5 weeks in special care at Jessie Mac Monash.

Advice From Parents: Giving birth to a prem baby is such an unexpected journey, ask the Nicu nurses about all the amazing miracles they have seen… this gave me so much hope and you are allowed to cry… you cant be strong the whole time.

Premmie Babies Name: Cooper and Charlotte
Gestation Born: 31+1 weeks
Weight When Born: Cooper 1.34kg and Charlotte 1.13kgs
Length When Born: Cooper 37cm and Charlotte 35 cms
Current Age: 5 months
Current Weight Now: Cooper 4.8kg and Charlotte 4.9kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: I have not had any problems with my babies. Charlotte was on cpap for 7 days and they did say she may have problems but we have been so fortunate that there hasnt been any and every time the go to the drs whether it is the paed or the eye dr or the hearing dr they have always got gold stars.

Advice From Parents: Take as many pictures as you can because you will forget how small they really are. Make sure you get the number of where your baby is and call at any time of the night or day. The nurses do really understand what you feel so if you are sad or down talk to one of them they will let you know you are having normal feelings and take every day as it is.

Premature Babies Name: William
Gestation Born: 31 weeks
Weight When Born: 1890gm
Length When Born: 41cms
Current Age: 15 mths
Current Weight Now: 11.8kg
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Will was only 20 wks gestation when they noticed his renal pelvic dilatation (kidneys are dilated due to a blockage). Following tests at approx 3 months drs also found that he has moderate renal ureteric reflux. This appears to be all ok and will be monitored for the next few years with regular ultrasounds. Apart from that no one could tell that he was anything but a ‘normal’ 15 month old – cheeky and very determined! He surprises us daily with his quick mind and rapid development.

Advice From Parents: Whatever you are feeling, it is ok and someone has been there before! Ask around. There are things that all premmie parents grieve such as the missed moments after birth while your miracle is whisked away (sometimes great distances) to be looked after by someone who isn’t you. But we also gain so much – including the enormous appreciation for how strong our babies can be and how precious they are to us.

Premature Babies Name: Jade Melissa
Gestation Born: 31 weeks
Weight When Born: 1674 grams
Length When Born: 43 cm
Current Age: 6.5 months
Current Weight Now: 6.5 kg
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Jade has done extremely well with no ill affects.

Advice From Parents: Try and not let your precious little bundle know how upset or stressed your feeling (he/ she are very receptive to your moods). If you try to be positive (& it can be hard to be all the time), it’ll make you feel better & your bubba too 🙂

Premature Babies Name: Sakura Jade
Gestation Born: 31+2 weeks
Weight When Born: 1.587kgs
Length When Born: 42cms
Current Age: 13 months old
Current Weight Now: 9.5kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: We were very fortunate that after my membranes ruptured at 30+4 weeks I did not go into labour straight away and the steriod shots had time to take effect. I was on bed rest at RNS until Sakura was born naturally (yes it is possible to have a natural birth with a premmie! – just stay calm and do yoga & pilates while pregnant.). Sakura was on CPAP for 36hrs and came home after 12 days in the NICU and 21 days in SCN. Physically she is slightly behind her corrected age (nearly crawling) but she is babbling on and her motor skills are great. She has no ongoing medical issues.

Advice From Parents: Stay calm. Being naive to what was happening was actually a blessing. We didn’t tour the NICU before she was born and really didn’t know what to expect. Take each day as it comes. These little premmies are tough little treasures!

Premature Babies Name: Divine Kho
Gestation Born: 31 weeks
Weight When Born: 1590 grams
Length When Born: 41cms
Current Age: 17mths old
Current Weight Now: 11kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Her interactive skills are good, but she’s not walking yet. I am excitedly waiting for her first steps soon!

Advice From Parents: I don’t refer to my baby as premature or incomplete. 🙂

I tell everyone that she’s been completed early, and that she’s an early baby. I feel that it’s really important for both parent, the child, and their environment not to be labeled premature. This outlook is very important, and will grow to be more important once your child understands that he/she has not been given a lesser chance in the world. They are equals. 🙂

Premature Babies Name: Thomas
Gestation Born: 31+6 weeks
Weight When Born: 1860 grams
Length When Born: 42 cms
Current Age: 5 months and 4 days
Current Weight Now: 7.5 kilos
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: I am from the country and at 28 weeks was flown to KEMH because I had broken my waters I stayed there for 3 and half weeks until a uterine infection forced me to be induced. I had my lil 31 and 6er naturally and he was perfect. He had cpap for two hours then oxygen for only 12 hours. He started suck feeding only two weeks later and we were sent home when he was 36 and 2. He was fully breastfed until 3 months old when I had to start giving him supplement top up. I couldn’t keep up with him. He has been full bottle fed now for a month and doing fantastic. He is hitting his milestones as any other five month old would. He just learnt how to roll over and gets frustrated because he is trying to crawl but he isn’t moving any where. He is such a strong lil boy and you can see he is going to be a 6 foot something like his dad.

Advice From Parents: If you have a question ask it. You will find the midwives more then happy to answer. Also find a support network to help you. I made a great group of friends with other premmie mums and they kept me sane through it all as we could understand what each of us were going through.

Premmies Name: Sainish
Gestation Born: 31 + 5 weeks
Weight When Born: 2kg
Length When Born:
Current Age: 5 1/2 months
Current Weight Now: 6kg
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Sainish was on artificial respiration for some 36 hrs after birth! He stayed in nicu for 8 days before getting discharged! He had an apnea during his stay at the NICU! His heartbeat was quite fast and irregular in the beginning! He also had a blod clot in the head but hoefully got it checked at 4 months and its gone! For around more than a month after birth Sainish was not able to regulate his body temperature! We had to put the heater real high 24 hrs round the clock to help him maintain the temperature! He is pretty much like a normal baby though a little smaller in size! Just started rolling over this week!

Advice From Parents: I just want to tell parents to remain positive when going thru this difficult moment! Take lots of pics of your little one… You will chersih those moments later! Once you are home with your baby, take lots of precautions to avoid any sort of infection! We stayed secluded from everyone in a room for more than a month!

Premmies Name: Davia
Gestation Born: 31 weeks and 3 days
Weight When Born: 2lbs 6 ounces
Length When Born: 37 cm
Current Age: 8months 19 days
Current Weight Now: 14 lbs 5 ounces
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: My baby has reflux, she throws up a lot and I have concerns about her weight gain.

Advice From Parents: Please don’t give up hope you are not alone.

Premmies Name: Nicky Steve Agnelo
Gestation Born: 31 weeks
Weight When Born: 1.5040kgs
Length When Born: 42cms
Current Age: 29 days
Current Weight Now: 1.400kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: My baby is fine with no particular medical issues other than slow weight gain.

Advice From Parents: Just trust that your baby is going to be fine soon.

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