Emily - posted on 05/10/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
My little munchkin was born 13 weeks early and he weighed 2lbs3oz and was 13.4 inches long. I went into the emergency room for cramps and light bleeding but as soon as i got to the emergency room the bleeding got so much worse. They checked everything out and they said my placenta had separated, his amniotic sac was coming out of my uterus, and the last thing that made them deliver me by emergency c-section, was that his heart-rate was dropping. They told me after i had woken up from the anesthesia if he hadn't been delivered when he was the both of us wouldn't be here. They had to do the incision vertically, I'm not sure of the reason. He was born at 6:35pm, I got to see him the day after around 3pm. He was the smallest most precious life i had ever seen, but at the same time I felt like I had failed him because for some reason my body couldn't go full term. Which I'm sure there could have been several different reasons. I am 16 years old, I didn't get the greatest prenatal doctor care they turned me away from appointments several times because i didnt have insurance and they never checked me for any pregnancy problems like toxcemia or preeclampsia, which i had told them the few mabey 2 times i actually saw them that my blood pressure had been way higher than normal and I felt like every joint in my body had bloated. 10 days before Silas was born I had had an appointment to find out I was having a boy and they said everything looked fine. My son Silas spent 71 days in the NICU and had a grade 4 brain bleed on the right side of his brain and a grade 1 on the left. His PDA was also larger than normal so that was closed by him given ibuprofen. He only ever needed oxygen flow through a SiPap machine and then soon a nasal cannula. He is now home and has been home for a little over a month. We're both doing great and hes almost 8 pounds. He never once got sick while he was in the NICU but he did need blood transfusions several times. He got breast milk until the doctors found out he was asperating during his feeds, so they switched him to formula with rice cereal, without even checking to see if they could thicken the breast milk. I remember telling them that I wanted him fed breast milk, but I guess some things I just don't have a choice over. I guess I just wanted to share my experience as a new mom, a teenage mom, and a mom of a preemie. So far im loveing it immensely though i am doing it for the most part on my own. Im lucky i have the support i have from my mom shes letting me stay in an apartment that's a part of our family's restaurant. :) Can anyone tell me though, how can things change so quickly in a matter of days? How come doctors turn you away at appointments during your pregnancy when you don't have insurance?(Which, might I add i did have insurance the whole time i was pregnant and it was on file. They just never called to check, which I'm sure couldn't have taken more than a few minutes, because I was in the process of getting my insurance changed though I did have a temporary card.) I'm probably a little peeved that a lot of the things i wanted to do for my baby didnt go the way i planned..Has anyone had an experience similar? Or does anyone have a previous 27 weeker that's hit major milestones im just curious when i might expect my preemie to do things I'd usually see a baby do.