When you give birth to a micro preemie, the odds of survival, or survival without a major disability, are staggering.
I remember one of the neonatologists coming to my hospital room when I was on bedrest with the twins, and telling us the odds of survival at each week past 24 weeks. Everything he told us was so scary, and the only thing I really remember was the longer they stayed in, the better. I remember him telling us every hour counted. One more day being pregnant, meant three less days in the NICU.
Other than those few pieces of information, it was a blur of him talking about ventilators, feeding tubes, and survival.
Defying those Odds
While the odds are so scary, we need to remember that we’re talking about babies, and not statistics.
Today, you will meet a micro preemie and a fighter named Isabella Grace. She is truly a miracle, and she definitely defied the odds. Please read her story, as told by her mom, Lauren.
1. Tell us about your baby.
At just 25 weeks and 5 days I was prepped and rushed to the OR for an emergency c-section, while they were prepping me they warned me that she probably won’t wouldn’t cry when she came out, but not to worry because at this gestation that was normal. On April 14th, 2013 my daughter was born at 2:44 p.m., just one pound five and a half ounces, 13 inches, she came out kicking, screaming and breathing. surprising all the doctors and nurses in the o.r, I remember hearing the cry, and she sounded like a newborn kitten, not a newborn baby. They told me it was such a good sign, and she seemed very feisty. I only got to see her for about 5 seconds, and then they had to intubate her. It all seems so surreal. I had just had a 1 pound baby (my first son was born at 37 weeks, vaginally, 7 pounds 8 ounces) immediately my daughter was breathing over the vent and doing well but they warned me this was the honeymoon period and how it is common for most Micro preemies to do well the first couple days and then it’s like a rollercoaster ride, we waited for the roller coaster but it never came. She was given a 75% chance of survival and a 1 in 3 chance of having a serious lifelong disability. My Isabella did very well, she avoided many common problems that make MP’s face, she did run into anemia and osteopathy which she needed a blood transfusion and Iron supplements for and they self resolved on their own. She also had ROP it also self resolved on its own and a hernia that she needed surgery for.we were very lucky, she never had to be bagged the whole time we were there. She also had her last desats and Brady’s at 34 weeks gestation. She came home 5 pounds 14 and a half ounces, 18 inches, 9 days before her due date, at 38 weeks and 5 days gestation, with no oxygen, tubes, monitors or meds!