23 Weeks and younger



Annabelle was born at 1.11am on Saturday 8th of December 2012 at 23 weeks and 2 days, five days short of the being able to be resuscitated.  Annabelle weighed only 598 grams and measured 21cm in length. She was perfect.

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[image]Sadie and Annabell

Sadie and Annabell

On Thursday August 23rd 2013 I was 23 weeks and 2 days pregnant with identical twin girls. At 6pm I began having bad back pains. These pain persisted for around one hour and then I told my partner that we needed to get it checked out.

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I had been having Braxton Hicks all throughout my first pregnancy. I was only 23 weeks along when they were particularly bad one day. My husband kept telling me to go to the hospital and get checked but I thought I was just overreacting.

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On the 18th of February 2010 I was 23 weeks and 5 days. I woke up fine but during the morning my little girl started kicking nonstop, so I called up the midwives and they asked if I could drive to the hospital. I was speeding down the freeway hoping a police car would pull me over so they could drive faster but no luck.

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Charlene was born at 23 weeks + 1 day in a bush hospital in Victoria, August 11, 2010. Charlene is my second child born premature; my eldest son who is now 7 years old was born at 27 weeks at the same hospital I delivered Charlene.

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On the 11th of March 2000 I began experiencing contractions at 23 weeks and 4 days and was very upset as we had lost our first baby at 22 weeks. I rushed to our local hospital and was immediately put on a drip to try and stop the labour and given my first steroid injection and transported to the John Hunter Hospital NICU.

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On the 6th March 2009 my son, Levi, was born at 23 weeks 5 days weighing 580g. My waters had broken at 21 weeks and 4 days and I had "hung on" for two weeks with cautious hope that maybe this little baby boy could survive.

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[image]Leigh Mae

Leigh Mae

Hello I have seen so many beautiful pictures, I wanted to share my Leigh Mae. She was born December 16, 2014 at 23 week 5 days. She spent the first 7months of her life in the NICU.

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My lovely baby boy Hetav Shah was born as a micro micro premmie at just 23+3 weeks. This was my first pregnancy and I had no idea that I was in labour! I must admit even though being an allied health professional, I was so unaware of these things that had happened to me. When I was at the hospital and the Dr was explaining what it means to deliver a baby at 23+3 weeks and the consequences, my mind was blank - I could not think! I could not foresee or imagine what was ahead of us...

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We were told we would never get home before her due date and she would most likely have lifelong complications. But our little girl proved everyone wrong. She really lives up to Shakespeare’s saying ‘though she be but little, she is fierce!’”


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[image]Audrey and Athena

Audrey and Athena

Audrey is our miracle baby and Athena is our angel. We cherish them both everyday and cannot believe how lucky we are to live in this day and age where life at such small gestation is possible.

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It was touch and go all week until Valentina was born on the Saturday. We didn't know what to expect or what was going to happen as the future looked very dim. Valentina fought hard through a lot of adversity.

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