Elena - posted on 09/19/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
We recently lost a child at 20 weeks and 3 days. She was 10.6 ounces and 9.5 inches long. She lived for 2 hours and 7 minutes after being born. The hospital refused to employ any life saving measures for her once she was born because she was under 24 weeks. We had to watch her struggle for breath, with nothing being done, until she passed away. In addition, despite our requests for steroid shots when I began having problems at 16 weeks, we were consistently told they wouldn't do any of that until our baby had reached the "age of viability" of 24 weeks. The best that we could get was a prescription for Nefedipine and vaginal progesterone (the latter only after speaking with perinatal specialists across the country since our local perinatal doctors weren't doing anything for me). Whether or not she would have made it if these measures had been done, we will never know; but we would have liked to have at least had the option. We know just how problematic static policies of a 24 week cut-off can be. We hope to get this changed. We want to find medical experts who aren't blinded by status quo, but who are open to the possibilities of modern medical science.