Pregnancy news, 29/08/2017
At 11 weeks before her second baby was due, Raelin experienced familiar discomfort that she put down to Braxton Hicks (practice contractions). However, they didn’t ease-off over the next 45 minutes, so she decided to go into hospital to check that everything was OK and that she wasn’t in early labour.
‘I called 911 because I was so scared. They couldn’t understand me... So I handed the phone to my fiancé.
‘I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there. I pushed one time and my miracle baby was here. When I looked down I realised he was still completely wrapped in the amniotic sac.’
Raelin was worried that her baby was unwell as he was quite still, but after rubbing his face gently with her thumb ‘he pulled his little hands and feet up to his face’ and she felt more reassured.
Less than 10 minutes later they arrived at the hospital, where staff were ready and waiting. They opened the amniotic sac and began helping the baby to breathe.
Despite being born prematurely and weighing just 3lb 1oz, Raelin’s baby boy survived. She described how, ‘he is doing wonderful all things considered,’ and went on to say, ‘he’s going to be an awesome little man! He is truly a miracle baby.’
We think so too.
We also have a free app for parents of preemie babies
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.
England’s National Breastfeeding Celebration Week, run by Public Health England (PHE), will take place on 25th–29th June this year. We will be joining in to celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding and the role we have as midwives to support mums with their feeding choices.
This free digital tool gives women all the information they need to know before pregnancy.
New study proposes that up to half of premature births could be prevented if women were tested for harmful bacteria.
Google are celebrating Dr Virginia Apgar’s birthday today, find out why her work is important to you and your baby.