Savannah

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Miracle Mum, Bailey was 16 years old when she welcomed little Savannah into the world. She shares the story of how she had to balance the shock of becoming a mum and the fear of not knowing if her baby would survive.

"I was pregnant with my first baby, I was 16 years old and at the time was 30 weeks & 4 days pregnant. I went to the gynaecologist and she asked if I was having contractions & explained it to me as period pain. I had never had period pain so I said no. She did some tests and they were sent away. That day my mum ended up going to the shops and bought 00000 jumpsuits.
Two days later I was in a lot of pain from belly tightening, but I didn’t want to scare my mum so I didn’t say anything. 
Three days after, I could barely walk. The tightening was a few minutes apart. The next morning I got my mum and partner to take me to the local hospital (which stopped accepting births a year before I had her). 

We arrived at 7.45am, my labour was very fast and I had no pain relief. My baby was born at 9.11am, 9 weeks premature, breathing fine and crying. I was in so much shock, I couldn’t believe I had just become a Mum and I wasn’t sure if she would survive. I had never heard of premature babies before and I didn’t know how their life would turn out. 

We were transferred by Royal Flying Doctors service to Adelaide South Australia which was 500kms away. She spent six and a half weeks in Flinders medial centre. 
She was the perfect baby, slept 12 hours every night. 

She’s now turning 10 in June and besides having glasses there's no other medical issues. She’s doing well at school and is at bench mark for her age. I'm so proud of the young lady she’s becoming."

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Thank you Bailey for sharing your story. 

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