A Tale of Two Pre-Term Births
Every Child is Different
Not the Plan
- Meet and maintain (or surpass) birth weight of 5 lbs 4 oz.
- Regulate his own body temperature without the help of a warming bed or incubator.
- Be able to breathe independent of any machines, keeping his oxygen levels reasonable.
- Be able to breastfeed and take a bottle (since he was prescribed a supplemental high-calorie formula to help him “bulk up.”)
- Overcome jaundice.
- Pass his “car seat test”—sit in an infant carrier car seat for a full hour without going into distress.
Déjà Vu All Over Again
…But Completely Different
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- "A mom of one preemie has about a 15% chance of having another; a mom who has had two preemies has about a 40% chance of having another; and a mom who has had three preemies has almost a 70% chance of having another premature birth."
- Preterm labor and birth http://www.babycenter.com/0_preterm-labor-and-birth_1055.bc
- Project Sweet Peas offers support and resources for NICU families http://www.projectsweetpeas.com/
Julie Ann Cook is a happily married, joyfully outnumbered mother of four boys, one who was stillborn at 20 weeks. Between assisting in living room railroad construction and addressing concerns of who would win in a fight between Megatron and Iron Man, Julie is an author, artist, and webmaster. Julie's writing has appeared in various publications including Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, moonShine review, MaMaZina.com and The Wolf. She is the author of Love Like Weeds, a book-length poetry collection to be released by Main Street Rag later this year. Julie blogs at Digging Cheese out of Carpet in her *ahem* spare time. Check out Julie's Facebook page for more!