Pregnancy news, 12/07/2018
Image credit: @chrishoy, via Twitter
Beaming parents, Sarra and Chris Hoy, “burst with pride” this week as their preemie baby Callum posed for the camera in a team GB cycling kit.
— Sarra Hoy (@SarraHoy) January 9, 2018
The road wasn’t easy for the couple, as for any parent of a premature baby. Callum was born 11 weeks early, after it was discovered that Sarra had severe pre-eclampsia. Describing the experience as "harrowing", she wasn’t sure if she wanted to have another baby.
However, you wouldn’t know what Callum or his family had been through as he stood proudly for a photo at three years’ old.
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) January 9, 2018
Since Callum, the Hoys have grown the family by welcoming their daughter, Chloe, last September.
Premature birth can affect the way your child develops, and the earlier your child was born, the higher the risks, so you need to keep an eye out for any area where you think there could be a delay. However, it's all about striking a balance: every child develops in their own unique way. Read more about growth and development after prematurity.
Read another inspirational story about a 28-weeker graduating from university.
Information about premature birth
Babies who are born before 37 weeks are called 'premature' or 'preterm'. If a baby is born early, they may not be fully developed and might need special care.
My Premature Baby app
We have developed a free app for parents of premature babies, which allows parents of preemies to track their baby’s development, log their feeds, share information with friends and family, and connect with other parents going through similar experiences.
Huge congratulations to Sarra Hoy who is pregnant again after a difficult first pregnancy. Her son Callum was born 11 weeks premature which left Sarra unsure whether to venture 'down that road again’.
It has been 140 days since I heard the words "Oh this is not good, not good at all. This baby has to come out". It's been 139 days since my baby was born at 29 weeks by emergency c section, weighing 2lb 2oz, having stopped growing some weeks before.
The problem of premature birth in the UK needs to be addressed. Too many parents are currently enduring this anxious experience that can have a lasting impact.
Get our free app for parents of premature babies. It is the first of its kind in the UK. 'My Premature Baby' is available on all devices (phones, tablets).
Giving birth to a premature baby is emotionally traumatic as well as physically. Sometimes it leads to depression.
If your baby is born prematurely, she may need to spend some time in hospital.