Birth Story 8

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. 28 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child, another boy! Up until then all had gone swimmingly. However, things would soon change. I started bleeding again, just spotting and getting tightenings. Given my previous history of a premature birth I went in to be checked out, I was examined and placed on a monitor. I was dialated at 1cm but the tightenings weren’t contractions just braxton hicks. I was told to rest as much as I could with 2 children under the age of 2. So I did. On and off I continued to have the spotting but was assured by my midwife it was fine. Then at 33 weeks exactly I began bleeding more severely with the tightenings gaining momentum. Concerned I called the midwife who came out right away and upon examining me she found my waters to be trickling and felt the tightenings had now changed from braxton hicks to contractions. She called an ambulance. The ambulance came and what a palaver that was. I wasn’t allowed to walk down the stairs as she felt I was close to giving birth so I was strapped to a stretcher and carried down the stairs… that was scary. When we got to the hospital I was monitored but by now everything had stopped again. So just as they were going to allow me home under bed rest, at 9pm as if on the dot I had another tightening. The doctor felt it and felt it was...

I had 3 premature babies

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. Frightened Confused feeling so alone in an Alien world. A world where you feel so helpless, You feel robbed… robbed of your ‘perfect’ pregnancy! The lights, the bleeping, there are tubes and wires everywhere, the same sad scared look on other parents faces as they too have been propelled into this frightening place….. NICU aka Neonatal Intensive Care unit for premature and sick babies! A premature birth is that of a baby born before 37 weeks gestation. There are different levels of pre-maturity with those babies born earlier, especially before 26 weeks generally being at more risk! Did you know in the UK alone 54,000 babies are born prematurely each year with various levels of health issues ranging from things like weight gain and learning to feeding to Bradycardia – which is where babies forget to breath momentarily, maintaining their temperature, jaundice…… to name a few. That said, with technology in this day and age, premature babies can and do get on well given specialist medical assistance. Your baby will likely be placed in a ‘plastic box’ which is called an incubator and acts as an artificial womb until your baby is well enough to be placed into a cot and wow what an achievement that feels. Your baby may also undergo some phototherapy if he/she has jaundice, I liked to call this their sunbathing time. They may also need blood transfusions, ventilating or C-Pap which is a milder option – it is 2 prongs laced...