November is Prematurity Awareness Month
A premature baby is defined as any baby born before 37 weeks. Just under 8% of babies born in Canada are born before 37 weeks and are considered premature. Around the world over 15 million babies are born premature each year.
Premature babies are at an increased risk for many medical problems including respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disorders, asthma and hearing and vision loss.
Our beautiful twin boys were born over 14 weeks premature at 25 weeks, 6 days. They fought hard in the hospital for 87 long days before we took them home. We were the lucky ones. The boys were given an approximately 60% chance to just survive. It is hard to believe how far they have come.
Today my heart is with those who are still fighting.
My heart is with the Moms and Dads doing endless hours of skin-to-skin, and just wishing and hoping that one day their tiny miracles will come home. My heart is with the parents of the babies who are home, but still fighting. My heart is with the grandparents and aunts and uncles and family members and friends who feel powerless to help, please know that your support means the world to NICU parents, even if we can’t always show it. And my heart is heavy for the parents of the babies who were born too soon and never came home.
I am eternally grateful for the the doctors, the respiratory therapists, the physical therapists, the occupational therapists and more than anything the NICU nurses.