Finally, time to update the site with all the messages Tommy's gotten lately!
I've just finished reading your story and I am remembering my son's time in the Special Care Nursery of the Ottawa Civic Hospital
My son was born only 2 weeks early, but required specialized care after his birth. I went into labor on Tuesday and he was not born until Thursday, exactly 48 hours after my water broke. I had a terrible labor with 3 epidurals which did not take and several episodes of bradycardia for both myself and my son. It was a terrible time. The worst part was listening to his heart beat slow until it was almost imperceptible.
I am a Registered Nurse and worked in Labor and Delivery prior to my sons birth. As I lay in pain listening to his heart struggle to beat, I could remember the births I had assisted in that did not turn out well. Particularly, one that had occurred just 2 weeks earlier in which the infant a 20 weeker had died.
I was petrified. Finally, after 24 hours Jamal was born. As he screamed and whimpered his way into the world, I prayed for the first time in many years. I thanked God that my son was okay.
Almost immediately I was told by the neonatologist that Jamal would have to spend his first days in the SCN. I would not be able to breast feed my baby or even hold him for at least 24 hours. I was rushed to one end of the ward, and he to another While we both spent three days recovering from our ordeal. We both had several blood transfusions (I lost almost 1/2 of my blood) and several days of antibiotics. However, I felt that I was the luckiest parent in the SCU. My baby weighed 8 1/2 pounds and while exhausted
was healthy and robust. He was continuously pulling out his IV and keeping the nurses running. He only spent a week in the SCU but I learned a lesson that I will always carry through my days as a nurse. The SCU is a special place for special babies who need a little extra help to make it in this world, and they all deserve their chance at life. No matter what the media or politicians tell us.
My son is now a healthy 6 month old who is crawling everywhere and generally enchanting everyone he meets. He still suffers from occasionally viral or bacterial infections, he has a low immune system due to the early use of antibiotics, but he is generally well and always happy. Thank you for reminding all parents that the miracle of birth is always there even if all doesn't go as planned.
Leeann and Jamal Virani
P.S. Your medical terminology was very good. You made no mistakes that I saw. Good luck to Tommy and all those who came before and will come after.
My name is Jean and I am a mom to a healthy 11 year old son.
Danny was born 06/14/84 (flag day) 17 weeks early, weighing 590 grams (about 1 lb 4 1/2 oz.) He spent 4 months and 4 days in the hospital after he was born and spent 12 weeks on the respirator. Came home 10/18/94 at 5 lbs 7 oz. Had hernia surgery and two eye surgeries. Danny was hospitalized nine times during the next 1 1/2 years. Mostly respiratory problems. He ended up having an emergency tacheostomy on Mother's Day when he was 11 months old. He had it three months and has not been hospitalized since.
He got his first pair of glasses as 13 months. It's a strong prescription, but he does quite well and the doctor says he will have no problem getting a driver's license, which makes him quite happy.
He's in the fifth grade and is a good student with lots of brains. He was diagnosed with a mild case of ADHD in the first grade and takes a minimum of Ritalin during the school day. He plays baseball and basketball and enjoys swimming, rollerblading, computers, friends, Nintendo. He currently weighs 72 pounds and is about 53 inches tall. That's a little short, but he doesn't come from real big stock. He is truly the delight of my life.
Tommy, I loved reading your story and it makes me feel good to hear you are doing so well. Stay healthy! Remember, preemies are very special people. Bye!
HELLO KING FAMILY,
I HAVE ENJOYED THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF TOMMY'S CYBER NURSERY. I AM GLAD THAT YOUR CYBER NURSERY IS AVAILABLE. TOMMY IS A HANDSOME LITTLE BOY! I'M SURE HE IS IN TO EVERYTHING HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON. HOW IS HE DOING? HAS HE SAID "MA MA" OR "MOMMY" YET. IS HE GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS? DOES HE PRETEND TO NOT UNDERSTAND THE WORD "NO", SMILE AT YOU, AND THEN PROCEED WITH WHAT HE HIS DOING?
PAT AND I ARE THE PROUD PARENTS OF TWO NICU GRADUATES: ASHLEY PATRICE JONES (BORN 8/14/91, 4 POUNDS 13 OUNCES) AND NATHAN RANDALL JONES (BORN 10/5/94. 1 POUND, 7 OUNCES). ASHLEY, OUR 4- YEAR OLD, WAS BORN ON HER DUE DATE. PAT'S LABOR WAS INDUCED BECAUSE IUGR (INTRA UTERINE GROWTH RETARDATION) WAS DETERMINED.
AN ULTRA SOUND (AT 36 WEEKS) SHOWED THAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH FLUID AROUND ASHLEY AND THAT THE PLACENTA WAS GRADE 3. AFTER ASHLEY WAS BORN, SHE DEVELOPED HYPOGLYCEMIA AND SHE WAS TAKEN TO NICU. SHE LATER DEVELOPED JAUNDICE AND IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD A SKULL ABNORMALITY THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LACUNAR SKULL (A BONE DISORDER). A CAT SCAN OF HER HEAD AND BRAIN WERE NORMAL. SHE SPENT FOUR DAYS IN NICU BEFORE SHE CAME HOME. HOWEVER, NATHAN WAS QUITE A DIFFERENT STORY.
NATHAN WAS BORN 13 WEEKS BEFORE HE WAS DUE. HIS BIRTH WAS PRECIPITATED BY THE FACT THE PAT'S UTERINE MUSCLE HAD BEEN WEAKENED AND THE SAC HAD COME THROUGH AND RUPTURED. PAT SPENT A WEEK IN THE HOSPITAL TRYING TO DELAY THE INEVITABLE. HIS BIRTH HAPPENED SO QUICKLY. THEY BARELY HAD ENOUGH TIME TO GET HER TO THE DELIVERY ROOM. NATHAN WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON A RESPIRATOR TO HELP HIM BREATH, THEN HE WAS TAKEN OFF OF IT. TWO DAYS LATER, HE DEVELOPED AND INFECTION AND WENT BACK ON THE RESPIRATOR. FROM HERE NATHAN WENT THROUGH THE PREEMIE SALSA AS EXPECTED - ONCE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK. IT WAS DISCOURAGING, BUT WE HAD FAITH IN GOD AND KNEW NATHAN WOULD BE FINE.
I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED BY NOT ONLY WHAT YOU HAD DONE AND SHARED ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE THAT IT HELPED ME IN CREATING A HOME PAGE FOR NATHAN. HIS PAGE CAN BE FOUND AT "http://members.aol.com/ajones3224/awjones/family/nathan.htm". ALSO, OUR HOME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER IS 10 JOYCETON WAY, UPPER MARLBORO, MD 20774, 301-499-0622. MY PREFERRED EMAIL ADDRESS IS ALFRED.JONES@FEDREG.NARA.GOV.
AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING TOMMY WITH US. I THANK GOD FOR TOMMY AND HIS FAMILY. MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU! I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!
AL, PAT, ASHLEY, AND NATHAN -- THE JONES FAMILY!
Relatively new to the Net & just found this page. Our daughter, Rebecca Michelle, was born at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb 13 oz. It is truly a miracle what NICU's can do. I get so angry when I see the TV newsmagazines talking about premature births and how "very few" of them don't have some form of brain damage! Don't get me started or I could go all night! Let me wander around a bit and I'll get back to you.
And to anyone else out there who would be willing to help me. I am a collage student and mother of a 5 year old preemie. I am working on a presentation for my final in a class and was shocked to see that there is a debate out there about the costs of preemies. I have a good presentation but lack some information on the costs. I know this is extremely private information but I feel in order to do a good job I need to include this in part of my speech. If anyone is willing I need this by the 19th of Dec. Yes I'm behind - been relying on the library. I would like basic info like how early the babies were, what was wrong, and the round about costs. I was enraged that this debate was even discussed let alone serious as it is. Also the people who seem to be the ones discussing it hardly ever put down a figure. I am glad to see this page being frequented so often the support is wonderful. I only wish I had been able to access it when mine was born. I really would like to do a good job of refuting the allegations that the money spent on these precious babies. If you can help please e mail me at my address below....and thank you! Maxine Oberle
I haven't stop by for a while. The Page looks great, Andrew our 29 weeker is well,and as we now know it's a slow process, almost a year now (12/19/94) still on ox. but down to .25 lpm. Biggest problem now is nutrition, he's just not imto eating, and we are really trying to avoid the G-Tube. If anybody has any info or links on feeding please drop a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) Good wishes to all, and to all who are just starting this journey, from a parent who started the trip 6 days before Christmas last year. No matter what happens try to remember that this is there first (we pray of many) Christmas. Hold tight to today and have faith in the powers that be.
I have a son, Nathaniel, who was also born at 25 weeks. He weighed just a bit more than you 1lb 13oz. He was born on November 4, 1992 and is doing just fine. Have your mommy or daddy drop me an email if they would like to know the details. Good luck and keep fighting!
Your home page is beautiful and all the messages sent to you touched my heart. My name is Alexa and I was born at 23 weeks weighing 1 lb. 3 oz. I dropped to 14 oz!! I stayed in the hospital 4 1/2 months. It was a real tough time for Mom and Dad. The doctors didn't think I was going to make it, they had to hold me up to a warmer to keep my temp. up.
I am 15 months old today and doing great. I have an older brother who is 5 yrs. old (full term) who is doing a good job teaching me how to walk. I eat only people food and shake my head no when I done eating.
I wish the very best that life has to offer and I thank you for sharing
My name is Alexa and I was born at 23 wks. Weighing 1 lb. 3 oz. Your story is incredible because it sounds exactly like mine. I was in the hospital 4 1/2 months, dropped to 14oz. and am now 15 months old and weigh 16 lbs. I have an older brother who is 5 yrs. old (full term) who's been teaching me how to walk. I'm glad you are doing so GREAT and thanks for sharing your wonderful story. Stay out of trouble.
Your friend Alexa
We are parents of Ryan John Lenihan born 7-29-88, 2 lbs. 1oz, 26.5 weeks gestation at Kaiser Hospital Fontana, CA ( Level 4 NICU ).
Since the time our son was born my wife along with several other parents / nurses have helped to form a NICU Parent Support Group Known as " Kaiser Fontana NICU Parent Network " which for the last 6 years has been a member affiliate with the national Parent Care Inc. and have attended the yearly national conferences, the most recent was held in March of this year in Columbus, Ohio.
We would like to hear of any other support groups you might be aware of ?
please note : We are a NON-profit, volunteer group made up of one NICU nurse and many NICU Graduate Parents, we meet once a month to offer support to new as well as veteran parents. Also we are considering a possible " Home Page " for our Newsletter and we'd appreciate any info / suggestions.
Cecilia & John Lenihan
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
We are the parents of identical twin boys. They were born on may 3rd 1988, at 28 weeks gestation, Andrew was 2lbs 10 ozs, and Jeffery was 1lb 14ozs, they were born 2 hours after my wife went into labor, and were able to manage on room air, after approx 16 hours of cpap. they are both developing normally, the only problem they have had corrected, was a stigmatism, which has been surgically corrected, if anyone requires further info, please do not hesitate to contact us
I wanted into this world so bad that I was born at 27 weeks. It really suprised my parents and I caused them lots of worry. My brother came early too, but not asd early as me. He's 7 years old now and I am 3 and a half. I was only 2 lbs and I thought I was small but now I am Bigger than almost everyone my age.My parents say that at my present growth rate I will break the gender barrier in the NBA. I think that means I have to learn to play Basketball. My mom makes really good products for babies and I think everybody should use them. She makes The BabY Line for CreativeCare, Incorporated in Port Towsnsend, WA. You can find out about her and The BabY Line on the Web at "http://www.olympus.net/creacare/".
Remember, believe in miracles! your friend Chyna Barr
Hello, my name is HEATHER ALDERSON, and I am a brand new grandmother of a precious baby girl, Olivia Lessee Ann O'Brien. Olivia is our first grandchild and first baby of my 24 year old daughter. Olivia was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, and 12 inches long, on August 16th, 1995, her due date was November 26th.
I am a government employee so do not have my own personal computer at home, but have access to the INTERNET through my position. I was "surfing" the other evening after hours, and wrote down your e-mail address, in the hopes that perhaps I would be able to correspond with you.
I won't go into any more details until I know that you have received my message and are able to send a return message. I am very interested in knowing your experience, and perhaps receive some encouragement, advice or whatever, as Olivia has been diagnosed as having "moderate" cerebral palsey, but is still too young to be evaluated.
Hoping this reaches you.
Prince George, British Columbia
Another success story! You asked me to let you know my cousin's preemies progress, and GREAT NEWS! After 3 months of hospitalization, he's home! He went from about a pound in a half to almost FIVE pounds (that's what he should be by the end of the week). All I've got to say, is never give up and never stop praying! Thanks for all your support. And thanks for being there to share this with.
God bless you, and God bless the miracle babies!
First of all, I want to say that your story brought tears to my eyes. Can you believe technology today? Isn't it wonderful? I gave birth to a baby boy on Oct. 17, 1995. He was 9 weeks early. My water broke and I went into labor three weeks earlier, they stopped me three times, then had to induce labor because I had a bladder infection and felt I was in danger. During those three weeks, I was given steroid shots and my son was 4lbs. 8oz. when born! We were so happy! It took us three years and three pregnancies to have this baby. Then, one week later, I got a call from the neonatologist in the special care nursery...something was wrong. We rushed to the hospital(my husband had to leave work). Our son had gone into congestive heart failure. They had a cardiologist come in and do an ecg on him while we were on our way. He was on a respirator. The cardiologist found three heart defects and our son (Johnathan) was transferred to Cook Children's Hospital of Fort Worth.
They did another ecg and found a forth defect. He had a hole in his ventricle, a hole in the septium, coartation of the aorta, and the whole top of the aorta was narrowed. They had to do open heart surgery the next day. He could not breath on his own, there was no choice. There was a three out of four chance he would survive. They told me about twelve times a year, they do the same surgery under the same circumstances. I was a wreak!! I hadn't slept since we got the call and I had gone into shock, but there was no way I was leaving my son's side. The surgery took three and a half hours. When they were operating, they found a fifth defect, a bicusped valve. He did very well. We almost lost him two more times during the five weeks he was in the hospital, but now he is home and doing very well. His last week in the hospital, they noticed something wrong with some of his muscle movement and did an ultrasound on his head. It seems he has something called PVL, which could very well mean he has Cerebral Palsy. They of course will not be able to know for at least four more months. He is doing fantastic now considering all that he has been through. It is amazing how resiliant babies are, so much more than most adults. He has to see six doctors regulary, and he will probably need surgery again, but that is a small price to pay. I think so anyway!!
Good luck and now you know you can make it through anything. Don't ever forget that.
Thanks for sharing with others. The premature births of my twin sons lead me to become involved professionally in pregnancy care. Unfortunately they are not here to share that me. Tommy, you have brave parents, love them dearly.
I really enjoy your homepage. I would be more then happy to send you info on Tiny Treasures! Briefly, it was founded by Sara Matzoll-Phillips, whose now 3 year old boy/girl twins were born by emergency c-section at 24 weeks. They are truly blessed since they now have no problems. My twins were very sick with Twin-To-Twin_Transfusion-Syndrome. They had a 20% chance of survival and made it:-) They were born almost 7 weeks early after me being on strict bedrest for 5 months. They spent a month in the hospital and one of my id boys developed NEC. Tiny Treasures is an International group and was founded to provide much needed support for parent(s) of preemies. We are a group of parent(s) who have experienced the challenges associated with a premature birth and are now interested in helping others going through, or having gone through a similar situation.
We publish a quarterly newsletter which will be coming out in January. We maintain an extensive data base which enables us to match interested parents to participating parents with similar experiences (same gestation/complications, living in the same geographic area if possible, or having children similar in age. We also have available lists of other support networks for various special needs and interests.
Sara and I would be grateful for any assistance you can provide by sharing this info with any parents you feel could benefit from this form of support. We feel strongly that Tiny Treasures provides a vital source of info and referral services for parents of premature infants.
Please feel free to give out my e-mail address to anyone whom you feel could benefit from Tiny Treasures.
There is some info I can send you via e-mail regarding subscription rates, brochures, articles, and more info about Tiny Treasures. If you feel uncomfortable about sending me you snail address, please e-mail me and we will work something out. Thank you so much for contacting me:-)
Keep in touch.
Jennifer(Mommy to Nicholas 10/1/92,Michael & Zachary 11/18/94)
I have been an NICU nurse since 1979. I am currently the Director of the NICU at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, IN.. It is always so great to hear of success stories such as yours. Enjoyed looking at your pictures & reading your parents story of your birth.
Your story is an inspiration to all. I am very happy that you are doing so well. The whole CyberNursery is GREAT.
I am the mother of a precious little boy named Matthew. Matthew was born 9/13/95, 5 1/2 weeks premature. He weighed 5lbs 11oz and 19 1/2 inches. At first they thought he was okay, but after a few minutes he started having trouble breathing. He had RDS and was given 4 doses of surfactant, and his patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) was open, in which they gave him 3 doses of indocin to close it. He spent a total of 17 days in NICU, 7 days on the respirator, then 5 more days on CPAP.
I can not say enough wonderful things about the NICU staff; doctors, nurses, parentgroup coordinator, chaplain. I honestly don't know how I would have made it with out their support. I know that family and friends tried to help by saying this all was "typical" preemie stuff, but it didn't help, it actually hurt, because they couldn't see how scared I was.
Matthew is doing wonderful. He is now 11 1/2 weeks and weighs 11 lbs.
We wish everyone the best.
My granddaughter Quintessa Jazz was born Oct. 2, 1995, weighing 1 lb. 12 oz., and measuring 13 inches. She was born at 27 weeks, and today, at two months of age, she was flown from the University of New Mexico Health Center to a hospital near her home, Silver City. Tessa will stay there until the doctor is ready to let her go home. She weighs 3 ob. 4 1/2 oz, at 8 weeks and 4 days old. We're excited that Tessa is doing so well. So far everything seems fine and normal. Keep on praying for her.
I enjoyed visiting your web site. Our son was born 13 1/2 weeks premature and weighed in at 2 1/2 lbs. He was born on July 20, 1994. So, he just a week older than Tommy. I loved seeing the pictures, and seeing how well Tommy has developed. TJ (our son) has not done as well. He's just now learning to crawl and is behind in various other areas as well, but he receives physical, occupation and speech therapy weekly to help him catch up. He has been the best thing that has ever happened to us, despite all the tears. I hope you and your family continue to do well. You have our best wishes and prayers.
I am a brand new 47 year old gramma of a precious little pre-mature girl. My dauther, SHAUNA O'BRIEN gave birth to OLIVIA LESLIE ANN O'BRIEN, on August 16th. Olivia was 25 weeks gestation, weighed 1 pound 6 ounces and was 12 inches long. Olivia was born in B.C. Children's hospital after Shauna and her husband travelled to Vancouver from Prince George by air ambulance. Shauna and Olivia stayed 2 months in BC Children's and then travelled back to Prince George for a further 3 weeks in Prince George Regional Hospital. Olivia experienced an operation within one week of her birth and of course experienced many ups and downs. She is now home with my daughter and husband, she was released from hospital on November 16th, exactly 3 months from her birthdate of August 16th, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and did not require any oxygen assistance or ventilation. She is now over 6 pounds and doing well. She has been diagnosed as having a "moderate" level of cerebral palse!
y, but has not been evaulated as to the level or severity of that condition yet. She due for a check up at BC Children's hospital in February, 1996, where I assume an evulation can then be done as she will be 6 months of age.
As this is a first child for my daughter (24 years old) and the first grand child of my husband and I, we are very interested in learning more about cerebral palsey and what to expect in the future. My daughter has come through this difficult time very well, with the love and support of her husband and family. I would appreciate hearing, on her behalf, other parents stories and experiences, so that we can help Shauna along the way.
I have immensely enjoyed your story and home page. I am so glad to know that your CyberNursey is available and that parents like myself can find encouragement and joy in knowing that we are not alone and that there are other success stories waiting to be told.
My son Nathan is a 25 1/2 weeker just like you are. Everything that your Dad has described about you sound so wonderfully familiar. Nathan is doing fine. He had a long and difficult stay in the NICU. But once he came home, just like the doctors predicated, he is growing and developing by leaps and bounds. I am working on a home page for Nathan and hope to have it up and running real soon. I will contact you as soon as it is ready.
Again, thanks for sharing your story with me and so many others who will be inspired and touch by your experience. I thank God for you and your family and ask His continued blessings upon you.
Because He Lives!
This is my first visit onto the NET. Our Devin was born 14 weeks early in Cape Town, South Africa. He was born with Hylands Membrane and contacted Pneumonia. For the first few months it was touch and go whether he would survice but he is now a very on the ball - 20 month old little tiger.
He has spent a number of weeks in hospital this year due to lung problems but nothing gets him down.
Would love to speak to other preemie parents round the world.
Ina and Doug Morgan.
I'm the mother of a 27 weeker. Colin was also born on July 26, 1994 weighing 2 pounds 1 ounce and 13 inches long. He was born at Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, CO. It was a two hour round way trip from our home to the hospital. I had high blood pressure problems from the start of my prenancy. I was hospitalized 4 days prior to Colin's birth so I was fortunate enough to have gone through the STEPS program. Colin was a sick little guy having his ups and downs. Seemed to do much better on the CPAP then conventional ventilation. We were very fortunate that Colin had no brain bleed and no ROP. Colin did have hernia surgery 2 weeks prior to discharge. He was released on October 18, 1994 coming home on oxygen (which he was on until the end of December).
Colin is doing great, never really crawled. He started walking the end of October, 1995. He's a little on the small side but otherwise he's doing great. Your web site in wonderful. Finding information on preemie's is difficult and reading all these stories is inspiring.
Cindi, Tony, Sean, Kyle and Colin.
Hi Tommy :
Just a note to say "Hello" and to say that Elizabeth is now six weeks old and is doing very well indeed. She weighs 4lb 11oz now and is a greedy thing! Unfortunately mum (Phillippa) has fallen foul of post natal depression. This is very distressing for us all. I'm off to nose around the net now for any help that's available.
Anyway good luck Tommy
George, Phillippa and Elizabeth
My son, Nicolas Anthony Winkley was born on June 5, 1995 at 26 wks gestational age. He was 1 lb. 13 oz. at birth. Fortunately, the wonderful perinatologists at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA were able to keep me from delivering Nic for 5 days after my water broke, long enough to get one steroid shot. Because of the wonderful care we both got at Swedish, Nic had no serious complications while in the hospital and was home 3 weeks before his due date! We are incredibly lucky.
Nicolas has no obvious developmental problems so far (he's 2 months old corrected). In fact he's already rolling over and has nearly complete head control. He is, however, extremely sensitive and fussy. He was a very easy baby in the hospital and his first couple of weeks home. Do any other preemie parents have any comments about the fussiness of their babies? I wonder if this can be attributed to his personality, irregardless of his birth experience?
I really enjoy this site. My husband has put together a home page with more info on Nicolas and our family and we are currently working on a complete story of Nic's roller coast ride of a hospital stay. We would love to exchange parenting advice with other parents.
My son, Liam, was born on June 30, 1995. His due date was October 13, 1995. He is also a "25 weeker." Liam's experience was nearly identical to Tommy's. Liam was also 1 lb. 10 oz. and 13". Liam came home from the hospital on September 26, 1995, weighing in at 4 lbs. 9 oz. As of November 13, 1995, he weighed 8lbs!
We feel very lucky as Liam is very healthy right now. He did not need to come home on oxygen as many of his roommates did. So far his physical development is fine for a 5 week old baby. He is just starting to smile!
The hospital in which Liam was born and cared for is fantastic -- Sutter Memorial Hospital. Their support made all the difference to my husband and I.
We are glad you are doing so well, Tommy! Best of Luck!
Some information on our baby, Nicolas. Site will be in continuous development, and we hope to have his story soon.
Thanks for sharing your story with the Internet community.
Ethan, Cynthia and Nicolas
Seattle, WA USA
I am experiencing premature labor at 20 weeks. This is my 3rd pregnancy and my second was also premature labor with rupture or the membranes at 26 weeks. I carried the second baby to term, so we are hoping this 3rd baby will be fine too. But the articles were helpful in what to expect if this baby is born premature.
Thanks for sharing your story. I wish I had found it a year and a half ago. My son was born on March 13, 1994 after my wife and I spent 36 hours at the hospital on mag sulfate and tributaline. Since our local hospital didn't have the facilities to care for him, he was immediately put in an ambulance and sent to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. On top of that, my wife had complications and ended up in intensive care for four days after the delivery. We had a perfectly healthy pregnancy up
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