30 Weeks

[image]Seth Glenn

Seth Glenn

My partner’s family had a history of pre-eclampsia, her mother lost her first child to it, and then her sister gave birth at 28 weeks. Seth was delivered at 30 weeks due to pre-eclampsia and lack of fluid in the womb.

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I had always been nervous at the dating (12 week) scans, but always looked forward to the anomaly (20 week) scans, so I entered the room smiling, told the sonographer I didn't want to know what gender the baby was, laid down and pulled my top up.

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I had a normal first pregnancy, so having an early baby came as quite a shock. When we spent time in the Newborn Care Centre at RNSH we came to appreciate very quickly that, although Zoe was very little, she was perfectly healthy and just needed to grow.

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Our struggle and amazing story.

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I fell pregnant at 38 very scary in itself and then my waters broke at 21 weeks, the Dr thought it was estragon and told me not to worry, but I was worried and seen another doctor who advised me to have an amnio.

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I had the most horrible pregnancy with morning sickness until 22 weeks, food poisoning at 6 weeks, chicken pox at 10 weeks, and back-pain so bad I couldn't even walk or get out of bed some days. I also suffered terribly from oedema or swelling.

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Throughout my pregnancy I had been deemed high risk as I had a previous preemie baby due to prom at 32 weeks, and successful treatment for cervical cancer prior to this also.

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My name is Amy and my princess Isla was born at 30 weeks and 6 days at King Edwards Hospital in Perth weighing 1600grams, she was so tiny and so precious.

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[image]Marque and Andre

Marque and Andre

My husband and I were over the moon when we found out that I was pregnant. At 8 weeks I had my first ultrasound and I will never forget the day that I found out I was pregnant with twins. Undoubtedly one of the happiest days of our lives. At around 16 weeks we found out we were having identical twin boys.

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When I found out I was pregnant at the age of 17 it was such a shock, I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I was definitely going to have my baby. I was so terrified to tell my family and put it off for weeks I just didn’t know how to tell them. But when I did they eventually came around.

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My pregnancy was quite a smooth one up until the last week. I was only 30 weeks pregnant while attending our hospital antenatal class. Half way through I didn’t feel well and ran to the bathroom, having a placental abruption.

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Miracle Mum, Melissa, shares the story of her first born entering the world early. 
Byron was my first child, everything was completely normal until my 30 week appointment and within 48 hours I had a gorgeous tiny baby boy. Byron was an absolutely gorgeous boy but we were both quite unwell, Byron was only 1kg and I had severe preeclampsia putting myself in ICU and Byron in NICU.  We were both in for a bumpy ride.

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Peyton was my first child and she was born at 30 weeks. I would sit by her bed and count down the hours until my next cuddle. I’d gaze at this beautiful girl I had given birth to and pray that Peyton would be ok.

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So began our journey of 10 weeks driving over an hour back and forth every day to visit a little guy in hospital who was in too much of a hurry to arrive.

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[image]Adrian Joy and Evie Mila

Adrian Joy and Evie Mila

I was constantly at two extremes with both my girls. Evie was at one end fighting for her life and Adrian was at the other ready to take on the outside world. I found it extremely difficult going home.

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The gyneocologist told me “Sophie, you’re going to have your baby in about half an hour.” The team were so calm and efficient around me and all I could do was break down in my partner’s arms. For all of the mothers out there with a NICU baby, know this; you are so much stronger than you ever thought you were. Let your baby be your strength.

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During our time in hospital, we realised how, unfortunately, our situation was all too common and how helpless you feel. You also begin to realise how truly strong you can be, to give everything you’ve got to your precious new baby.

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They couldn't slow everything down and my waters ended up breaking the next morning and we had to have an emergency c section. I didn't get to hold Oli at all when he was born, I was lucky they wheeled my bed past him in the NICU so I could see him on my way back to my room.

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It was exactly 2 years ago that my waters broke early (preterm premature rupture of membranes - PPROM) at 23 weeks pregnant when our family got Influenza A. Our little boy Anakin had already miraculously survived 2 threatened miscarriages when I was 17 weeks pregnant.

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Learning to feed was a process not easily forgotten. Holding her for the first time when she was nearly three weeks old was pure joy but simultaneously heart-breaking. The reality is though she struggled, but she survived.

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Miss Evie had a hard start considering her 30 week gestation, 2.5 weeks of Cpap, followed by 1.5 weeks of high flow, fighting through a collapsed lung, we struggled to get off caffeine and finally came off at 35 weeks exactly. 

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At 30 weeks +2 days Miss Kaylee was born on the 10 of April. I ended up getting preeclampsia and my blood pressure went up to 200 at 10pm - that's when they decided to get her out via c-section.

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I had went into the family birthing unit complaining of some odd discharge and was told that the amniotic sac had ruptured. The doctors tried to hold me off till 34 weeks and I was told I would be having a c section, however, she was already in the birth canal so that was no longer an option.

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It was 3 days before I got to see him again and during that time he had blood transfusions, Plazma transfusions, brain scans due to the CPR and lack of blood and oxygen to his brain/body during birth, and CPAP.

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When she was born I was so relieved to hear her cry and I was able to hold her briefly on my chest before she was quickly wrapped in glad wrap and whisked off to NICU with my husband. I'll never forget that moment when I was wheeled in a wheelchair to see her in the humidicrib, so many tubes and she was so tiny.

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By 29 weeks I was having contractions most nights and was hospitalised at this point where I had steroid injections and antibiotics. My waters eventually broke and 2 days later bub decided to arrive. It only took a few pushes and my 1.5kg tiny but perfect baby was born at exactly 30 weeks.

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At 30 weeks, I gave birth at Westmead Hospital.  It was Mother’s Day 2008, a Mother’s Day I will never forget.  It was not your normal, natural delivery, there was a room filled with doctors and nurses explaining to us the possibilities our baby may not survive

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