When I first started this series, it was called Micro Preemie Monday. I solely focused on babies that weighed less than 2 lbs and were born before 28 weeks and their preemie journey. I thought the stories of the smallest survivors needed to be told because I had two of my own tiny miracles.
As time has gone on, I have realized that every preemie journey is important, no matter how early or how small the baby is. Anyone can experience trauma, no matter how long the NICU stay, and everyone needs hope.
Today, we will go on a new preemie journey. Even though it is not about a “micro” preemie, we can all learn a lot from this strong, sweet fighter. Many women, including today’s mother, have never met a preemie until they give birth to their own. This was also the case for me.
It is a life-changing experience, no matter how long the NICU stay, how early the birth, or what circumstances led to the premature birth.
Please meet Clara, as told by her mom, Alana.