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.
Tommy’s has received a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to support the costs of its PregnancyHub information and support services throughout the summer, due to rising demand in the wake of coronavirus.
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.
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.