Each child’s journey into the world of education is unique, especially for those children born too soon. Below we are sharing stories from families who have a precious premmie who will soon embark on their next exciting milestone into the world of school, preschool and high school. Together, lets celebrate their incredible achievements and wish them well on their first day.
Max was born at 25 weeks weighing 720 grams on September 18th, 2009 at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Mum, Joanne’s water broke when she was 16 weeks pregnant for reasons unknown. Her twins were born under emergency circumstances due to a cord prolapse. Max was a twin to his brother Hugo who was sadly stillborn.
Max has come in leaps and bounds since his early birth and starts BIG school this year. Mum and dad couldn’t be more proud of him. We wish Max well on his first day.
Lilah was born at 32+4 weeks in November 2009 due to her mum, Sorelle’s cervix shortening. She was admitted to hospital at 32 weeks for bed rest only but three days later her waters broke and she went into labour.
Lilah was born weighing 1810 grams at Epworth Freemasons Hospital and was in a humidicrib for one day and in special care nursery for 16 days. Fortunately, she never required any breathing assistance and only stayed in hospital until she learnt to suck feed. She has never had any health issues and has amazed her family every day with her strength and determination.
She just graduated kinder and is all set to start school in February. We wish Lilah well on her first day.
Grace, Isabella and Amelia
Fraternal triplet girls, Grace, Isabella and Amelia were born at 28+6 weeks at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
They were conceived on the families 22nd cycle of IVF and it was a long hard road. Their mum, Nicole had an emergency cerclage inserted at 18+6 and then her waters broke at 28+5 weeks on Mother’s Day. She went into labour the next day and had the girls via emergency Caesar.
The girls spent 5 weeks in the NICU at the Royal North Shore. Grace & Amelia were on CPAP for 3 weeks and Isabella was only on CPAP for 2 days! They were very lucky to have a relatively smooth journey through the NICU. At 5 weeks, the girls were transferred back to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital SCN. They spent a further 4 weeks in hospital before being discharged home at 38 weeks corrected.
Tomorrow, the girls are starting preschool. This is their first exciting milestone before their big leap into primary school next year. Their mum and dad couldn’t be any prouder of their delightful and strong willed little ladies.
We wish the girls all the best on their first day of preschool.
Is your premmie be starting preschool, primary or high school for the first time in 2015? Feel free to email to us a summary of their journey and attach up to 2 images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are adding all stories to our website and Facebook page throughout January to celebrate this next exciting milestone with families.