Welcome to Micro Preemie Monday. I’m so happy you’re here. Today, I have Dayne’s story, as told by his mom, Dawn. I will also have a few definitions at the end of the post.
Now, let’s meet Dayne…
1.Tell us about your baby.
Dayne was 23 weeks 3 days & weighed 1 lb 4 oz 11 inches long.
2.How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
He stayed 93 days then was home 2 weeks & went back to NICU for ROP* (Retinopathy of Prematurity) laser eye surgery & ended up staying another 7 days due to blood pressure issues. The hardest part was leaving him. We lived an hour away, and his room was too small to be able to stay. I really didn’t feel like his mom until he was released!
3. Do you know the reason for his premature birth?
He was born due to my incompetent cervix*, unknown until too late, was 22 weeks with a bulging bag of water that caused me to abrupt & bleed, thankfully was able to hold of labor & keep him in until 23 weeks, which was viability at the hospital I was in!
4.How are you and your baby doing today?
Today we are great! Dayne will be 8 years old on Oct 27, and has no lasting effects of prematurity, except glasses! He is a great big brother to 2 sisters now, who thankfully with lots if extra monitoring and cerclages* were only 3 weeks early!
5.What advice do you have for other preemie parents?
Advice would be to be your child’s biggest advocate & do your research, other NICU patients are great for that & great support, wouldn’t have got through our stay if not for another mom of twins born a month before my son!
From The March of Dimes:
*ROP Retinopathy of prematurity (also called ROP) is an eye disease that affects many premature babies. A premature baby is one who is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. ROP happens when a baby’s retinas don’t fully develop in the weeks after birth. The retina is the nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye. ROP usually affects both eyes.
*Incompetent Cervix Cervical insufficiency (also called CI) means that a woman’s cervix opens too early, before the baby is full term. This condition is also called incompetent cervix. The cervix is the opening to the uterus that sits at the top of the vagina. When the cervix is healthy, it thins out and opens at the end of pregnancy when labor begins. The baby then moves through the cervix and birth canal (vagina) to be born.With CI, the cervix opens without labor starting. Usually the woman has no symptoms. Few women know they have cervical insufficiency until they have a miscarriage or premature birth. The woman may give birth to the baby without feeling contractions.If you’ve had a pregnancy affected by CI, the condition is likely to happen again in later pregnancies.
*Cerclage This is a stitch that your provider puts in your cervix. The stitch may help keep your cervix closed so that your baby isn’t born too early. Your provider removes the stich at about 37 weeks of pregnancy. A cerclage is only used for certain women. For example, your provider may recommend a cerclage if you have a short cervix.
Thank you so much Dawn for sharing your story. Dayne is such a handsome young man!