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Words Moms should never hear…….
” Hi, I am the Neonatologist that will be carrying for your baby when she makes her arrival. Because your daughter is coming 14 weeks early, she will have a long road ahead of her. Your daughter because she has received no steroids and is being deprived of oxygen right now, has a 25 % chance of survival. If she makes it through the night, she could likely have many premature related medical problems including a heart defect that could require heart surgery, premature lungs requiring life support, or hemorrhaging in the brain that could cause death or severe disability. We will do everything we can to help your baby, but I just want you to be prepared. ”
Prepared? How could a Mother ever be prepared to bring a baby into this world with a 25% chance of survival? How could a Mother ever prepare to watch her child suffer connected to tubes keeping her alive? How could a Mother ever be prepared to watch their baby FIGHT to beat the odds? You can’t prepare for that. Hearing that was completely debilitating- I remember being there but only physically. Mentally~ I was laying in a field of flowers watching my daughter make daisy chains thinking of all that she would be in her life. I remember for a second asking myself if it was a vision of my daughter in heaven. I refused to think that I could lose my first born daughter. (You can read our story of our 26 week preemie anytime- bring the tissues).
Prepared was EXACTLY what I was going to be.
After a few days of recovering, I did just that. I read EVERYTHING I could about prematurity and the things I could do to help her odds. In the hospital setting, she was safe in her incubator with limited visitors and head to toe scrubbing, but when it was time to bring her home I felt like I was walking into a war zone with my medically fragile child. Sure, she wasn’t on oxygen or IV’s but her immune system was non existent and her lungs had scar tissue in them making her susceptible to respiratory illnesses. Who knew a simple virus could mean LIFE OR DEATH for a preemie……….but now you will know.
RSV is a common seasonal virus that presents as typical cold symptoms in healthy full term children. Just like the flu, it has a season which may vary depending on where you live (You can check out the RSV site to see your state specific season). RSV continues to be the leading cause of hospitalizations in babies, and takes the life of 200 children a year!!! Nearly 1/3 of Mother’s have never heard of RSV…………….
Ignorance is NOT bliss.
I encourage you to read through the whole post, read our story, follow along other bloggers with #PreemieProtection, and refuse to be in that 1/3. Your knowledge could mean the survival of one of these precious preemie babies. The facts are there- so this November 17th on World Prematurity Day I challenge you to rock your purple preemie color and spread the word so you can directly impact the lives of preemies around you!
First….Know the symptoms!
Second…….know what you can do to protect them.
Stop by RSVProtection.com to find more information, and see ways you can help spread the word. I would love to read how RSV has affected your family and what your doing about it!