How long was your premature baby in NICU?

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 280 moms have responded )

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I was wondering how long everyone's premature babies were in the NICU. My son was born at 34 weeks and we have been here for 15 days so far. I feel like we should be discharged soon. He was admitted under respiratory distress and has been breathing on his own for over a week now. I'm so ready to take him home. I feel emotionally overwhelmed. Seems like nobody can understand unless they have experienced it. Anyone have babies in the NICU?

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Danielle - posted on 11/29/2012

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My son was born at 24 weeks gestation (16 weeks early) and weighed 1 lb 5 oz. We were in the NICU for exactly 4 months.

Devon - posted on 06/22/2013

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My son was born 31+6 he's been in the NICU for 4 days and it's the most difficult thing I've ever been through but he's only got a feeding tube now and in his incubator type thing he's made lots of improvement but they are still saying 2 months:/ I don't understand

Tina - posted on 11/27/2012

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my son was 12 weeks early weighed 1 lb 14 oz...in NICU for 2 full months.

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My Son was born at 25 weeks he was in the NICU almost 3 months. He was 1 pound 15 ounces. Now he is a little over 2 and is 31 pounds. He is doing great but is not talking fully yet.

Amanda - posted on 05/22/2013

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My daughter Abigail was born at 29 weeks. I had no idea when I went to the hospital that I would be having my baby girl. I went through five days of labor, and my Abigail was head down ready to come out. So I had her naturally. She was born on April 11, 2013 3lbs 13oz. She was born with no complications, she breathed on her own. She maintained her own temperature. She did need a feeding tube, and at 32 weeks she started bottle feeding. At 33 weeks she was on full bottle feeds. As of right now my baby girl is just awaiting her 7 days without any bradys, and then she can go home. I'm going so crazy being at this hospital, and anticipate when I can take her home. As of today she is 35 weeks and 1 day. I really just want to bring my daughter home, I am going crazy!

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Alina - posted 6 days ago

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Born 8 weeks early . 4lb 7oz. NICU for 19 days until they were happy with his bottle feedings. I felt the same way but hang in there!

Candace - posted on 04/07/2014

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My daughter was born at 26 weeks, and she was in the NICU for 5 and a half months. The NICU journey is so up and down. Our babies are so strong though!

Tiffany Lee - posted on 04/06/2014

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My son was born 5 weeks early. He weighed 4lbs 3ozs and we was in NICU for 2 weeks

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2014

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Did he go home on oxgen and apnea monitor and if so how long was it before he did not have it anymore and how did dr we in him off of them

Kenya - posted on 02/24/2014

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My baby was born at 24 weeks just at that cut off mark she was 1lb 7oz she stayed in the NICU 185 days little over 6 mths that is. She stayed on the vent for 3-4 mths. Had 3 surgeries 2 on stomach and 1 on eyes. I spent a great deal at her bed side while working full time and the hospital she was at was 2 hours away! I am thankful she came home shortly after the thanksgiving break and we have been home almost 3 months no colds just a runny nose every now and then only because of the change constant in weather.

Cassandra - posted on 02/22/2014

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Hello Ian cassandra kirchen
Mother of 10 mounts old premature
Twin boys identical boys they where 2 and a hafe weeks prem and it was tough for me and my partner as I was in Wangaratta and I was flown up to mercy hospital in Melbourne two have these amazing twins I was so scared as I didn't have my partner with me at the time as he wasn't aloud on the plan as my mid wife had two in case I went in two labour. I was so scared my mid wife stopped my labour twise and I had them on 02/04/2013 by then my partner and father where bye my side and I have them boys they where in the nicu unit for a long time they were giving caffen all the time as there lungs needed two form they were preachers and guwjuzz babes I wasn't getting payed at the time so I had two try and come up with all this money two catch a train two Melbourne and back I had two try find accomadition up there it was ruff as I was struggling as no one would help me as I was 15 when I fell pregnant and didn't have then until I was 16 It was a huge life changing experience but I would never change that for anyone or anything in the world I love my baby's much I just can't exsplain my sons where very sick little boys there where in and out of the blue light and conected to all these wired tubs I have never seen I was so upset not to mention how my partner felt I was going two rual women's hospital every two weeks and then it went down to everyone week I had two be there I had no money still for trensport and accomadtion I don't no how we did it but we did there's so much more I can tell you I just don't want use getting tried of reading

Tanya - posted on 02/06/2014

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My Daughter was 6 weeks premature our first child she was in the NICU for 2 days then was moved to the special care unit for another 5 days....she was a big premee 6lbs 1ounce. Her blood sugar level was low she had jaundice and had an episode were she stopped breathing her heart rate dropped and her oxygen level dropped. She fixed it herself so she was on a 3 day hold.....it was extremly hard leaving her in the hospital after I was discharged....I broke down many times heading to and from the hospital and it doesnt help that the nurses in the discharge class scare the crap out of you. She is now 3 months old the only issues she has is a heart mumor which is nothing serious acid reflux and is unable to drink milk or soy. It was extremly emotionally overwhelming and scarry.

Noel - posted on 02/04/2014

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my first son was born at 38 weeks and was in NICU for 8 days.. i hated being there and not being able to see him as often

Sapphire - posted on 01/03/2014

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My son was born at 26 weeks 3 days n weighed 1lb 13oz was in the NICU for 89 days

Maria - posted on 11/24/2013

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Hi everyone, my little man was 27weeks, and weighs 2lbs and 4oz.he stayed exactly 2months in the NICU.it was my hardest times everyday I visit him in the hospital,I always blame myself of what had happened of him..he is 18months now and catching up very well.what overwhelmed me is he is very facinated with books, he will cry if his daddy will stop reading him aloud his favorite story books...

Andrea - posted on 11/21/2013

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so I've already posted on here once. but like I said my son is almost two. he just went for his follow up appointment at the neurologist and is cleared and doesn't need to go back. :) just wanted to share that.

Andrea - posted on 11/07/2013

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hey there..my son was born at 25 weeks 1lb 9oz due to water breaking early. he was in the nicu for almost 5 months. it still feels like yesterday and he's now almost 2. I just thank god every day. doctors were pretty negative toward his situation and explaining all the "problems" he may have. he's been through hell and back and he's perfect.

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2013

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My little man was born just under 26wks, weighing 1lb 14oz & stayed in NICU for 3 months .. Approximately around the time he would have been due.. Toughest 3 months of my life but you can do nothing but keep reminding yourself they're in the best place & that it won't be forever .. There were times I thought I was going mad & yes unless you've been through it, it is difficult for others to know exactly what it's like .. But he's almost 2yrs old now & my miracle boy, still small for his age but a perfect little package :)

Aileen - posted on 08/28/2013

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my son was born at 35 weeks 1 ib 15 oz it was extremely depressing but now he is 7 pounds and one happy baby and very healthy

Amanda - posted on 08/25/2013

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my daughter was born at 29 weeks around 2 months came home on 24 hour oxygen an apnea monitor until 5 an a half mo. old

Perdale - posted on 08/14/2013

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My son was born at 3lbs 7 oz and at 32 weeks gestation he stayed in 3 weeks and grew like a weed. He was chubby by 4 months and he just turned 4 last monday and he is tall and healthy. It was so hard not having him home nog holding him. In my case we were at two different hospitals after birth they rushed him to one across town. i didn't get to hold him till i got out of my hospital 3 days later. But they are fighters and strong!!! Just don't spoil them to much when they get home lol

Martine - posted on 07/28/2013

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My son Caleb was born at 24 weeks. We had a 3 months stay at the NICU

Michelle - posted on 07/17/2013

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My son was also born at 31 weeks. He was in the NICU for 6 and a half weeks. The Dr.'s and nurses can't give you a specific time frame If when your little one is coming home, so that's why they use estimated due date as a possible discharge date.

Meagan - posted on 07/08/2013

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my son was born at 26 weeks. he stayed for 75 days. the doctors know y they have to keep baby for a certain period of time. they only wanna give baby the best possible care and only want for baby to live a healthy life in the long run

Renea - posted on 06/13/2013

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Just an update from one preemie mom here. My daughter is turning 2 at the end of June, and that will be a chronological 2, not an adjusted 2. She is slightly delayed... she is still learning to walk, but otherwise quite healthy, including the beginnings of the terrible 2's. Keep loving all those tiny fighters, and giving them all the love and support you can. Every baby is different. Some need very little care, others need a lot of care.

I have a great aunt who is in her eighties who was born 3 months early, and she needed help keeping her temperature. She was born in the early spring in a drafty Iowa farmhouse, at home, and did not go to a hospital for care. Everyone told my great grandmother that her daughter was doomed, and she insisted that she would be fine. My great aunt is a mother, and a grandmother, and I think she may even be a great grandmother, now. Anything is possible with these little fighters.

My grandmother on the other side of my family, now 91, told me a story about some twin boy cousins of hers that were born when she was a young girl, I don't think she was teenage yet. They were so small they were bedded in shoe boxes. Although she did say one of them did die young, it wasn't from being born early, but an accident he was in as a teenager.

Also keep in mind that in 2012, there was a little girl born at 26 weeks that was written off as dead, and found by her parents, after they fought with the hospital for hours to see their daughter, alive in the morgue refrigerator. She is home with her family now.

Keep loving your little miracle babies, and know that you are not alone. All of us preemie parents have felt the helplessness, frustration and anger of our respective situations.

I encourage you to take part in any NICU reunions your hospitals may have. I will be taking Ashleigh to her second one in July. If nothing else, these gatherings give new preemie parents a chance to interact with other preemie parents who have left the NICU and can offer invaluable emotional support. Also, keep in mind that even though the hospital staff cannot discuss the cases that neighbor your baby, you can reach out to comfort a stressed or grieving mother if you wish, and if she wants the connection, she will reciprocate. I met alot of preemie parents while we were in the NICU (all 146 days) and they helped me stay sane.

I also took up oragami. I found this to be a good cheap hobby that required minimal concentration. It can be done with any square piece of paper, and since it is paper, will be allowed to decorate hospital rooms. It was my frustration hobby, and worked quite well. Finding a frustration hobby that you can use as a fidget output will help you maintain sanity.

Jean - posted on 05/15/2013

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My daughter(Alexandra )was born 24 weeks she weighed in at a little over a pounds..Although she is tiny I can see she is her mothers child determined to beat all odds.

Tanya - posted on 02/06/2013

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My wonderful baby boy was born 5 1/5 weeks early. He spent a week in the NICU. I can tell you, that it was the longest week of my life. I still remember it like it was yesterday, as he is 7 years old now.. I know he wasn't there as long as some, but what I remember the most is how nothing else seemed to matter.. sleep, eating, even bathing just seemed like a matter of going through the motions, it felt like a different world. He came home on an apnea monitor, as he would randomly just quit breathing. He was on that for 4 months, and during that time, I had to do CPR on him twice. There are really no words to describe the feeling of having your baby in the NICU, but know this, you are not alone. Even when it feels that way sometimes... my thoughts and prayers are with you and your little one. The best advice I think I have is this, just take things one moment at a time... and take care of you as well.. as a healthy mom is needed when a healthy baby comes home. Hugs and Prayers!

Amy - posted on 02/05/2013

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I just had my daughter January 29th.. Only a short week ago. She was born premature at 33 weeks. She was born early due to me getting diagnosed with preeclampsia. She had been in the NICU since minutes after her birth..(which was a c-section.) It has been hard to deal with. I so know what you mother's are going through. I go and see her everyday and she gets stronger everyday. I am not sure how long she needs to be in the NICU. I hope she comes home soon.

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Hi everyone!

My friend gave birth to her daughter at 7 months. She was given a shot few hours before the delivery. When the baby came out, the doctor injected the baby with meds. for lung development and after a few hours another one for liver. The baby spent just 1 day in the NICU and discharged on the 2nd day. The baby seems to be okay, sucking milk more often and sleeping all the time.
My question is, is it possible for a premature baby at 7 months or less than 37 weeks to recover for just a matter of 2 days?
BTW, I asked my friend if she's sure about the age of her gestation. She said her LMP was on May 20, 2012 and her due date should be on February 2013, but she gave birth on December 20, 2012.

Nil - posted on 11/27/2012

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Yes, I feel the same way. My baby has also been in NICU for 16 days and was born at 34 weeks. He too had some respiratory distress, which he quickly overcame, now it is just waiting on brady watches. It is frustrating, because if he goes three or four days without a brady, and then decides to have one, his five day countdown begins all over again. We are now four days brady free and hoping he makes it through tomorrow so he can come home. He is two hours away from me and I have three other babies at home, so I have been very torn these past couple of weeks. Basically, the doctors have to clear the baby for temperature control, feeding, weight gain, and bradys/apneas before they can go home...good luck :)

Valerie - posted on 11/20/2012

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My son eas born at 28 weeks at 2 lbs a fatty compared to the other children had a c-section because they said trying to gave him naturaly would cause to much damage to his brain he was immediatly put on a respirator he could not breatj on his own he was then stabalized and life flighted to texas childrens hospital they tried all they could to get him off the ventalator that is whem they realized that he had what they called wet lungs where the valve on that heart that causes blood flow to the lungs when they are in the womb would not close due to the fact that he did not take his first breath by him self so that was one surgery he was able to come off the ventalator and go on the c-pap they then tried to put him on some formula trying to get him off his pic line but he could not digest it thousands of x rays later they found the problem NECK of the intestines whicb is where a part of the body dies that is surgery 2 they removed 7 inches of his intestines he had ostomies i had to learn how to clean it and put new ones on when they thought he would go home but never came home around that time he had the ostomies for a couple of months and the 3rd surgery was to reconnect his intesrones after that it was uphill from that he gained alot of weight came completely off the c pap ate like a champ i drove up there everydah weither it was before or after work for almost 6 months ot was so hard plenty of nights crying ... What ever you do do not let them tell you your kids has a high chance of having metal dissabilities my son also had bleeding on both sides of his brain on a scale of 1-4 1 being not that he had a 2 on one side and a 3 on the other my son is a littls behind which is what you expect with a baby being born early but he has no learning problems he is now almost 18 months and looking at him now you could not tell he went through all of that untill you see the scars i can not thank the nurses and doctors for saving my sons life

Carley - posted on 10/17/2012

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My membranes ruptured at 19 weeks pregnant, ( Waters fully broke ). I was hospitalized for 3 days, all doctors said was I would go into labor at ny time and I would loose my baby. Completely crushed being my first pregnancy, I didn't know how to feel and what to do, I was discharged. And sent home :on strict bedrest, they said there wasn't much they could do for my condition and if I did go into labor they wouldn't resuscitate a baby born before 24 weeks gestation, because it would be too underdeveloped, and probably wouldn't survive anyway, my health was number 1, I would leak fluid everyday and every night because as soon as I built up ny fluid I would loose it from the rupture in the membranes, my boy was born 9 weeks post rupture at 28 weeks and 4 days, and was intubated for 3 weeks on clap for the last 3 months, due to his severe chronic lung disease, he is now 42 weeks gestation, and is on air wit a peep of 6, so so far my son has been in ICU for 105 days, n probably be home by Christmas xo

Colleen - posted on 10/13/2012

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My son was born In March at 28 weeks. He was only 600 grams (1 lb 5 oz) due to IUGR.

He was breathing when he was born but was intubated anyway, only for 8 hrs. Then he was on SipAP/CPAP for 6 days at room air and doing beautifully. Then on the 6th day he got a lung bleed and had to be reintubated. In the following 2 weeks he was extubated and reintubated 4 times because he got inflammation in his airway, and required steroids to come off the vent.

Before the next couple of months his O2 requirements went up and he would swing, and had a hard time coming off CPAP to regular flow O2- they thought he had bad lungs but he didn't at all. His airway had been damaged.

He was in the NICU until just past his due date (12 weeks) and then was transferred to the Children's Hospital for surgical intervention on his airway.

He had a subglottic stenosis, caused by intubation when he was tiny.

He was in level 3 NICU for 7 weeks and level 2 for another 5. In hospital for a total of 142 days, or 4.5 months.

Other than the stenosis caused by intubation he's been extremely healthy. He is still small (10 lbs 9 oz at 7 months actual, 4 months adjusted) but we are sure he will catch up as soon as his airway gets all sorted out. He's had 3 surgical interventions for his throat and a surgery for bilateral inguinal hernias. Looks lime another intervention on his throat at the end of this month.

Renea - posted on 10/13/2012

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Tracy,

I totally understand the feeling of "is my baby a lab experiment". Unfortunately, level 3 NICU hospitals tend to be teaching hospitals. This is both good and bad. The good is that these hospitals are up to date on the latest techniques and technology and they have very experienced teaching staff in their doctors and long time nurses. The bad news is that there are students, and nurses who really shouldn't be in the NICU to begin with. I hope everything gets better. It is not unusual for a NICU baby to be on an oscillator. My daughter was. What kind of vent they have your son on will be dependent to his lab work, which is also part of the reason he has had so many blood transfusions: they keep having to take blood to know how to treat the issues caused by his extreme prematurity. One thing to keep in mind is that you are your son's best advocate. If you think that the nurse is being inappropriate, either to you or him, then call the charge nurse. If they won't help, call the clinic manager. If they won't help, call the hospital patient advocate. I only had to call the charge nurse once, and that was because the nurse assigned to my daughter told me one thing, when I knew for a fact the doctor's orders contained something different. The leak around his vent tube is actually normally good news. It normally means he is growing, and there is space around the tube because his airway has expanded as he grew. I will include you in my prayers that things go well, and he is home with you quickly. Keep in mind that although they say to expect to be home by your due date, unexpected things can delay that. For Ashleigh, it was feeding problems. She had issues aspirating her food. As I said in my first post, She was in for 146 days. She was earlier than your son. She spent an extra month in the NICU. Hang in there, and don't let nurses get you down. Ask questions, and expect an answer you can understand. It is a teaching hospital, so they should have the ability to teach the parents about their babies' medical issues.

Christie - posted on 10/12/2012

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Hey I'm not sure were you live! But 6 to 12 weeks in the NICU with a baby at there gestation seems aweful short! I hope he is healthy and strong and is able to get home in that amount of time! My 24.4 weeker was in for almost 7 months and then moved to a pediatric hospital for the rest of the year before he came home! In and out of the hospital this last year he'll be 2 nov 1st!

Good luck hope all works out

Tracy - posted on 10/12/2012

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My son was born at exactly 27 weeks. He had iugr and was 2 weeks behind. He weighed 1lb 15 oz. Hes been in the Nicu for 21 days today. He has a pda, rds, has had both lungs collapse, started off on conventional vent, switched to jet and on the same day moved to the oscillator and is now back on the conventional vent with a leak around his tube. He has a picc line, art line, iv's, and a feeding tube down his nose where he is now receiving 1.5 cc's of breastmilk every 3 hours. He has had sooo many blood transfusions, platelets and lets not forget the tpns and lipids. The list goes on and on. Whats really making my nicu experience hard is that not all of his nurses are wonderful and nice nurses. Some are great but the ones that arent...arent. And to top it off hes at a teaching hospital so at times it feels as though hes an experiment or some type of lab study instead of a sick baby. I am praying that he continues to get well and does not have to stay past his due date. Good luck to all you nicu moms.

Kassidie - posted on 09/28/2012

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My baby was in the nicu for 28 days because he had gastroschisis SVT and an ASD

Vivienne - posted on 09/26/2012

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All three of my babies were premmies. My first was born at 35 weeks 5lbs 13 and was in special care for 10 days, second was born at 28 weeks 2lbs 13 and was in NICU for 3 weeks and special care for 4 weeks and my third was born at 30 weeks 3lbs 2 in NICU for 10 days and special care for 5 weeks. It is extremely emotional but stay strong soon your baby will be home and it will all become a distant memory. Good luck and I hope your little man will be safely tucked into his own bed at home soon.

Hannah - posted on 09/25/2012

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My son was born at 25 weeks gestation 1 lb 9 oz and 13 inches long and tomorrow he will be a month old already!! Its crazy how fast time goes by. They told me that we would be in here anywhere from 6-12 weeks and I keep thinking to myself that that is a very long time in the NICU, but he was born so early and he is doing great!! They told me that most babies born premature usually leave when they are between 4 and 5 pound.

Jade - posted on 09/17/2012

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My daughter was born at 33 weeks and so far she has been in for 32 days. I had internal bleeding and the placenta had broke so was taken in for an emergency c-section, her lungs hadn't finished developing and she was on oxygen for 2 weeks. She forgets to breathe whilst taking her milk now so has to be tube fed when she cant take anymore from the bottle. Once she learns to breathe when drinking and puts some more weight on she can come home. I think every baby is different and takes some longer to recover then others. Its just a matter of staying patient and strong. I hope your son gets better soon.

Florence - posted on 09/14/2012

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mine was born at 34weeks on the 22nd of August 2012 and was taken to ICU and she stayed only 3days then we both stayed an extra 1night in the hospital and both discharged the following day. She is doing fine and she is 3weeks now

Aleesha - posted on 09/02/2012

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I had twin boys at 24w 3d on June 8 2012 baby A weighing 740g passed after a week due to complications (blood infections, level4 brain bleed) Baby B is still in the hospital fighting he was weighing 700g and now is 2354g (5p 3o) he had minor complications as well but not as severe has his brother, he is currently on High Flow which is sipap without the full mask. Id have to say this is the most traumatizing ordeal me and my boyfriend have ever experienced in our entire lives but what keeps us going is our son who puts on a smile when he hears our voices. He hasn't started bottle feeding yet due to the the pressures he still needs for his longs but hopefully in the next 2 weeks or so he will be weaned enough to start. Cant wait for him to come home ♥ Good luck to all the parents with preemies hardest thing to deal with but well worth it.

Laura - posted on 09/01/2012

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My son was born @32 weeks and was in intensive care for 48hrs and special care for 2 weeks, when nhe came off his feeding tube he was alowed home a few days later.

Renea - posted on 08/30/2012

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It is totally true that nobody can understand how you feel unless they have a baby in the NICU. My daughter was born at 24 weeks 0 days, and had a case of IUGR (intrautering growth restriction) due to placental attachement issues I had suspected from day 1 (My hormone levels were low, and I had some random bleeding). She was born actually squirming and trying to breathe... practically unheard of for a premie that early. She spent 146 days in the NICU. Most of her issues were breathing, but after she could start taking feedings by nipple, we discovered she was having issues with aspirating her food. I actually made it almost 4 months before melting down, and the trigger then was I learned that she needed to have a gastronomy tube placed to be able to come home because of her feeding issues. Ashleigh had blessedly few medical issues, and only 1 invasive surgery before the tube placement (PDA ligation and she still weighed under 1lb). She is one of very few micropremies (she weighed only 355 grams or 12.5 oz at birth and was 10.75 inches long or 27.3 cm) who didn't get a blood infection, or spinal infection or necrotizing entercolitis. She had one small bout of pneumonia, and 2 topical infections from torn hangnails, but blessedly few issues. All of you premie parents, hang in there and just love your little one. Be there every day and be sure to let them know that Mommy and/or Daddy are there someway or another. My favorite was to just put my hand on top of her head gently for a little bit, but many of her nurses got irritated with me for that. Something told me she needed mommy's touch, and daddy's touch, and even grandma's touch, but they kept telling me I was "overstimulating her". I didn't back down, and was very careful to respect her cues. She has always been great at telling me when she is done. Quiet talking or singing help too. Ashleigh showed us early that she knew we were in the room, and that she was going to be involved in the group... She would lift her little head and turn to look at us, especially at who was talking. These tiny babies are fighters, we just need to be there to help them and fight the battles for them that they are incapable of fighting yet. Support your premie, and do everything to advocate for their best health outcome, no matter how you hate your options, do what your baby needs, not what you think you can live with. When you see those little smiles, you will be surprised what you can do to keep them coming.



Ashleigh has been home since November 15th of 2011, is now pushing 15 months adjusted, and is acting like a normal 10-11 month baby (what she should be if she had been able to wait until her due date). She is starting to crawl (some healthy term babies don't start until 1yr), but is still having feeding issues. She is small, but well within the "normal" range for a 10-11 month girl. She weighs 17lbs and is 28 inches long.



Hang in there all those of you still in the NICU. You are not alone.

Deanna - posted on 08/19/2012

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I for one most definately understand! my daughter was born last month (July 3rd, 2012) at only 25 weeks gestation. she has been in the NICU for 1 month and 2 weeks now and we are probably going to be here until October if not longer depending on how she does. Since ur son was at 34 weeks, he shouldnt be there too awful long as long as he does well and takes his bottle (or breast feeds) with no problems, holds his temp in an open crib, gains weight, and does'nt get sick, and of corse.... can breath on his own with little to no support. However, each baby is different so its really no way to tell exactly how long he will be there, it really just depends on the baby but they told me anywhere from 2 weeks before to 2 weeks after your due date is ideal. I know its hard, trust me. Im still in that boat myself but stay strong for him. It wont be long. Best wishes to you and your baby boy!

Bridgitt - posted on 08/18/2012

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My son was born at 28 weeks. He was 2 lbs. He had RDS also and spent 10.5 weeks in the NICU. When he was discharged, he came home on oxygen with a nasal cannula. He has been off oxygen for about 5 months. He is now 11 months old, and a whopping 20 lbs 11 oz ;) I completely understand being emotionally overwhelmed. People often don't understand because they think since your baby is in the hospital being taken care of by medical staff that you have it easy or don't have anything to worry about. My son had some amazing nurses that were very proactive about his progress. What are the concerns that seem to be keeping your son in the NICU?

Lynn - posted on 08/12/2012

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Yes it really a traumatic feelings of being a preemies mom... I have a preemie twin baby. My son was 3 weeks at NICU team and my little girl still there now. they are 41 days old... I really wanted to see them together.. Suddenly i have to get back on job to fill their needs with my husband..
I really understand what you feel Amanda

Wendy - posted on 04/14/2011

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hi! In 2003, My first born is a boy1lb 11oz (now almost 8 years old), 28 weeker. My baby was in the NICU for 4 months. He was really sick :( He came home at 4lbs! our 2nd child is a girl. born at 32 weeks 2 lbs 13oz stayed 2 months and came home around 4 lbs. Both babies were in the NICU and are healthy as ever now!

Bobbi Jo - posted on 04/14/2011

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My Son Was Born At 25 weeks And 1 day. My Baby Was In The NICU For 5 1/2 Months....

Maijken - posted on 04/08/2011

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I have 2 premature babies- one was born at 33 weeks 6 days (weighed 4 pounds 9 oz) and the other was born at 33 weeks 5 days (weighed 6 pounds 3 oz). they were born 26 days shy of a year apart. I had to have both babies in the NICU 17 days before coming home. one is 5 now and the other is 4.

Jennifer - posted on 08/06/2009

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my oldest daughter was born at 31 weeks in Nov 2004, she was 3lbs 14 oz . My baby was in the NICU for 2 months - she will be 5 this November and you would never know that she was a premature baby. Hang in there, the Dr's know what they are doing and they will send him home when they know he is absolutley ready.

Chrystal - posted on 08/06/2009

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My daughter was born at 27 weeks weighing 2 lbs 10 oz and she stayed in the NICU for 3 months....and being a first time mom of course i was a wreck. But even though these babies get a rough start at life, they are so strong and persevere through it all. And just watching them get through it all while they're hooked up to every tube and wire and monitor imaginable, gives us the strength as parents to be able to be by their incubator every day that they're there even though its the last place in the world you'd ever want to be. They're strength gives us the strength to be the good parents that we are. My heart goes out to you Amanda, and to everyone else who's spent what seemed like an "eternity" with their premature baby in the NICU just waiting and watching and praying.

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2009

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My daughter was born at 30 weeks. She weighed 2lb 14 oz. My baby was in the NICU for 37 days. It is very emotionally overwhelming and it is very hard for people to understand what you are going through. It was a long 37 days but I know that every day in there she was growing stronger. I hope you get to bring him home soon. Best of luck!

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baby number one was there for 14 days

number two was there for 9 days.

it was exhausting both times having a baby in the NICU. I cant imagine being there for over a month like some families are.

Kathleen - posted on 08/01/2009

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my baby was in the nicu a week and two days. it was the hardest time of all. it was hard leaving him there but i was there everyday almost all day. i barley went home to rest. after the last hands on at 8pm i went home and stayed up til after midnight and called to check on him. i didnt recover from my c-section as quickly as most cause i was always on the go. it took a lot longer than 8 weeks i know. i want to say it was nearly 12 or 13 weeks for the insision to completly heal.

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My daughter was born at 33 weeks; 3lbs 1oz + 16in long. My baby was in the NICU for 3 weeks. I was a wreck for those three weeks. Everyone kept trying to comfort me + it just made me feel worse. She's been home for close to 2 weeks now + is growing a ton. We have a nurse that comes out to the house + weighs + measures her every week. She's a month old now + the most precious thing I've ever known.

MIchele - posted on 07/30/2009

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Actually my little guy was born at 26 weeks 1lb 7oz 12inches he was in the NICU for 3 months. we had many ups and downs but with the technology they have today! there is a good chance these premature babies today will make it and live a long happy life! The best of luck with your precious little life!

Taryn - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter Emily was born on June 16 2009 at 1lb 15oz. I was 27 weeks pregnant. They tried everything to stop my contractions but Emily was ready to meet the world. She been in the NICU for about 6weeks now. Emily has another 6weeks to go. She had a PDA ligation surgery about 3weeks ago. She also has chronic lung disease and still unable to breathe on her own. I am having a very tough time with everything. It is so hard to watch my child in a isolate for 6 weeks and unable to do anything. I never thought i wasn't able to carry full term. I have some guilt for her being their. It is true, nobody understands until they have a baby in the NICU. Hope your son comes home soon!

Paulette - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter was born 11 years ago at 30 weeks she stayed in the NICU for 11 and a half months but she was having breathing problems whic was determoned she hd bi-lateral vocalcord paralysis. she eventually had to have a trach but had to be 5 pounds in order to get it...she was born April 25 and recieved her trach on Sept 25. She only weighed 14.4 ounces.

Mary - posted on 07/05/2009

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My son was born 3 months early and weighed 1lbs and 11oz...he is now 13 years old and is truly my miracle child. My baby boy was in NICU for about 3 months. It seemed like forever, but now you would never know that he was a premature baby, he stands taller than me. My daughter was born 5 weeks early and stayed in the NICU for about 3 weeks. She weighed 3lbs and 15 1/2oz and she is now 9 years old. My prayers are with you, just be strong.

Maria - posted on 07/05/2009

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Both of my babies were in the NICU. My son was born at 34 weeks he spent 6 weeks in the NICU he went home the day before his due date.He is 14 months now and doing well. I know how hard it is having a child in the NICU as I have had two. My daughter who is now 6 years old spent 3 months in the NICU she was born at 27 weeks. These children come into this world fighting and we the parents have to be strong for them and I know sometimes we don't think we are so strong but God never gives us more than we can handle. So be strong and hang in there for your premature babies.

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