As I sat down to write my first blog post, I wondered what I should write about. There are so many topics (especially about micro preemie babies) that I now find important—when I never would have given a second thought to them in the past.
A friend solved my dilemma about the topic of my blog post when she sent me an article, Pronounced Dead, Revived by Mom’s Hug: Miracle Baby Turning 2. Wow, if that title doesn’t grab your attention, I’m not sure what will. I remember reading the story before I had my daughter: an Australian mother delivered twins at twenty-seven weeks gestation. One micro preemie twin (a girl) was in distress, but the parents were told she would survive; the other twin (a boy) did not survive the delivery.
I cannot imagine getting that news.
Nurses placed the dead baby boy on his mother’s chest so his parents could bond with him and then let him go. After around five minutes, the baby gasped for air. The medical staff told the parents the gasping was a reflex and meant nothing more. After the baby gasped a few more times, his mother put some breast milk on her finger and offered it to her son. The baby began sucking on her finger, his breathing improved, and he was moved to the NICU. The parents got to say hello instead of goodbye!
These parents were quoted as saying they are the luckiest people in the world. I can relate because that’s exactly how I feel about my family each time I look at Joy, our very own miracle micro preemie born seventeen weeks premature.
You can read the complete article here.
In my next post, I want to share my experience with Kangaroo Care, so please check back. Or, better yet, sign up for my blog and you’ll be automatically notified when an article is posted.
In the meantime, tell me… what do you think of this story?