This week we asked you to share your preemies with us.
(Read more about nurturing touch on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles about preemies.)
After Kieran was born almost three weeks early, the midwife at the birth center where Dionna gave birth decided to send Kieran to the hospital for suspected breathing problems. The breathing problems never resurfaced during Kieran’s five day NICU stay, but the doctors kept him for “observation and jaundice.” Here Dionna holds her “little glow worm” glowing blue from the bili lights, a type of phototherapy commonly used to treat jaundice. Dionna and Tom are looking forward to a home birth – and a midwife who is much less prone to unnecessary interventions – with their second baby (due this November).
Dionna blogs at Code Name: Mama.
Laura, Photo 1
Laura, Photo 2
From Laura: “Our PuddinPie, born at 35 weeks, in the NICU. Photo 1 is of him, less than 24 hours old, on the vent. Photo 2 is me holding him, one of the first times I was able to hold him since birth.”
Laura blogs at Walden Mommy and Family.
From Katie: “Big brother, Andrew, meets his micro-preemie brother, Matthew, for the first time.”
Katie blogs at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewgonzalez/.
Melissa blogs at Simple Whimsy.
From Sara: “Our fifth child, Malachi, was born at 34 weeks last April. In this picture, he’s sporting a specially-knitted preemie hat from Grandma, as well as a preemie outfit from some friends. We’re so thankful for how much he’s grown in the past year and a half!”
Sara blogs at Healthy Families For God.
Adrienne blogs at Mommying My Way.
Mama Mo’s twin boys, Gus and Jack, were born at 34 weeks, after 10 harrowing weeks of fighting off pre-term labor. Part of their daily regimen was kangaroo care in the NICU. Skin to skin contact is still a part of every day 18 months later!
Mama Mo blogs at Attached at the Nip.
Jenny blogs at The Peaceful Housewife.
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