I’m departing from home decor today to take part in something special. In honor of Prematurity Awareness Day I’m joining up with Bloggers Unite and the fight for preemies.
My sweet baby boy was born a month early. I was 36 weeks pregnant when Reid arrived. That is late for a preterm birth but it was still a life altering event. I had precipitous labor which was fast and furious. I remember hearing “we’ve the lost the heartbeat” as I was pushing. When he came out the cord was around his neck. He looked grey and lifeless. There was no cry. His APGAR was a 1. Reid was rushed off to the NICU and I was not able to see him for several hours. When I did finally see him he was hooked up to a myriad of monitors. The whole thing was surreal.
A doctor told us that he might have suffered brain damage due to the amount of time he went without oxygen combined with his early arrival and complications. We were unsure as to what we were facing.
The first several hours were grim but Reid turned out to be a fighter. His prognosis went from bleak to hopeful in the course of a weekend. We are the lucky ones. I still think every day about those that aren’t so lucky. I thank God for allowing me to keep him. Today Reid is a sweet and exceptionally happy 8 month old.
From the March of Dimes website:
Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually. It is the leading cause of newborn death and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, mental retardation and others. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon (34-36 weeks gestation, also known as late preterm) have higher rates of death and disability than full-term babies.
Please say a special prayer today for preterm babies and their families.