Premature Baby link

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Premature Baby link
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 3:54pm

Here's a great slideshow about how to handle having a premature baby.

Gail

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Sun, 02-26-2012 - 11:13pm

I guess I was a little disappointed in it. It seems to assume that all or almost all premature deliveries result from premature labor, which simply isn't true. It also assumes that your preemie will undoubtedly face lots of NICU time, since so many of the tips rely on that. I'd have liked to see a little more directed at people who got a preemie when they were unprepared, and then were sent home only a few days later. I certainly know many of these people, as it is far more common to have a "near-term infant" (>34 weeks) than it is to have a baby prior to that. Babies born after 34 weeks gestation may not necessarily require NICU time or extra hospital time at all. I know that my problem was that my baby was in pretty good shape, which sorta led lots of people (including doctors, unfortunately) to dismiss some of the very real concerns I had. He had reflux and did not gain weight well for the first three months, but it was hard to garner help because he seemed to be doing so well otherwise.

Maybe also a little addressing some of the medical concerns facing women who have just had a preemie. I know that the pre-eclampsia I had (and continued to have problems with until my son was three weeks old) isn't terribly common, but I would imagine a larger proportion of preemie moms birthed via c-section than in the average population. So even a comment about that would have been helpful, I think. I had the opposite problem cited here, that of having to leave your baby at the hospital. I had to return to the hospital seven days post-partum, leaving my week-old son home with my parents.




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Registered: 04-18-2003
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 11:36am

You've made some very valid points.

Gail

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 3:37pm
I totally agree. Give moms of near-term but healthy babies an extra day or two to get it together. With my daughter, I was so itching to get out of the hospital that we left after three days. With my son, I was practically begging them to keep me longer. He was basically all right (although he wasn't nursing well at all), but I was in terrible shape. My bp was still pretty high (150s/100s) and they weren't going to do anything about it. They sent me home and three days later I was back with sky-high bp. I was really angry about this. But it would have been nice if they'd kept me an extra day or two on his account. They did threaten to keep him if he didn't gain weight, but then they said he'd have to go to the nursery and I wouldn't be able to be with him unless I was there.




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Registered: 04-18-2003
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 4:20pm

Gail

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 4:57pm
To be fair, that was a pediatric resident who threatened it. The attending told us the next day she had never thought he would need it. I could really have used a post-partum doula for my days in the hospital. I hired a birth doula, but she didn't have much to do since I ended up with a c/s at 35w.




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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sun, 03-04-2012 - 12:17am

Post partum doulas from what I've heard are great.

Gail