A full-term pregnancy is roughly 40 weeks. When a baby is born at 25 weeks, which is about 15 weeks early, they miss an entire trimester of development in the womb. It is a very scary time for everyone involved, and these babies have the odds stacked against them.
My twins were born at 25 weeks, 5 days. I still remember the neonatologist giving us the statistics on survival rates, although I can’t remember what they are. I actually think I blocked them out as he was telling me because it was just too much.
Just like my husband and I, today’s family did not have an experience with a premature birth. Their sweet boy was the first preemie in their family, and he too was born at 25 weeks.
I’m so happy to introduce you to Ephraim, as told by his mom, Sarah.