Alyssa - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )
The following has been posted as an event on FB as raises the question of what is the viable gestation age of a baby (currenlty 24 weeks in Australia) and should premature babies be resucitated regardless of their GA.
I want to help families to have the chance for their bubs born alive, breathing and crying between 20 and 24 weeks gestation, the chance for the right to life. I am planning on naming this Poppi's rule after my FB friend Rachel's precious angel baby born too soon last year. I am wanting help to sign this online petiton so that I can send this along with my plan to the relevant state, territory and federal ministers. Please leave... your name, town and state in the comment box. Please add other friends to this event to help our cause. (Donna)
I just want to say a big thank you to all of you. your support means so much. Poppi was born on the 31/10/2010. i went into labour the day before she was born. i knew something wasn't right so i called Bundaberg hospital and they said i had better go over so they can check me over. i left home and half an hour down the road i realised my contractions were 4 minutes apart and getting stronger. I stopped at the service station and asked the lady that was working there if she could call an ambulance for me. when they got there they didn't want to take me to bundaberg because that would have meant there would be no ambulance if something happened in gayndah. i got taken back to gayndah hospital where a doctor checked me over and said i was a cm dialated and said that its normal for someone thats previously given birth. i waited in gayndah for 6 hours for a plane. in the time frame between getting to gayndah hospital and giving birth to Poppi, there would hav been enough time to give me the 2 steroid shots required to mature poppi's lungs. i was never given this. and i dont understand why not. it is a no harm drug which means if i had it and Poppi ended up going to full term it would nothave mattered. the drug wouldnt have hurt her. about an hour after i got to bundaberg hospital i had a massive bleed. the doctor checked to see if i was dialated and by this time i was already 6 cm. i was having a placental abruption and was told it was too late to try and do anything and i just had to go thru a normal labour. i was told once the baby was born she would take a couple of breaths and then pass away. there was some confusion with my due date so they told me they would just see how she is when she is born. while i was in active labour they spoke to me and said that if her eyes were open they would fly us both straight to brisbane. i had plenty of time to prepare for her to arrive, take a couple of breaths then pass away. you can imagine the shock i got when she was born and let out a big cry and just started breathing. and then more breathing. she kept going. she was wriggling her little arms and legs, she was holding my finger with her tiny little hand. the doctor was in and out of the room the whole time on the phone to brisbane trying to decide whether or not to fly us down there. All they did was come back and check her heart beat. i called my mum and she said she had called brisbane... thats all i remember as i had lost a lot of blood and i went into shock. Poppi stayed in her Daddy's arms for 2 hours breathing. i did not get to say goodbye to her. just as i was coming too she was passing away. i guess if anything i would have loved for her to be helped at least until i got to say my goodbyes to her. i have done so much research on premature babies and it brings me down because there are so many little miracles born the same gestation and younger that are now happy healthy kids. i think if i had the chance i would have kept poppi alive just to see how she would go but if she had too many complications we would let her go.. i really want to know why there have been so many miracle babies but. before i gave birth they told me that by law if the bub is under 24 weeks they wont to anything to help. how come other people have been given the chance to help their babies? why was i denied this opportunity? i know some of the problem is that bundy is not equiped to deal with preemie babies but it doesnt take long to fly to brisbane. this is australia! i think all hospitals should be able to cater to the needs of babies. i guess i am very angry that this has happened. this is the hardest thing anyone could ever go thru. i still cry over poppi every single day. if i had the chance to do it over i would stomp my feet till they did what i wanted them to do. i would not have gone down without a fight. i would have given my little girl a chance at life....
R.I.P my little Angel, Mummy loves you so much
♥ ♥ ♥ Rache ♥ ♥ ♥
My heart goes out to all parents who have lost a child.