Twenty Five Weeks
Giving birth at twenty five weeks is scary. There’s really no other way to describe it.
You are told by countless doctors and professionals that there is no guarantee your baby will come home with you, and even if they do, they may have severe disabilities.
At twenty five weeks, your baby is still developing in the womb. They still need to add fat to their body’s, develop their lungs, and gain immunity from their mother. They still should have fifteen weeks inside their mother’s body. They are not ready for the outside world yet.
I know the statistics and facts about twenty five weeks because this is the gestation that I gave birth. It is also the week that today’s Micro Preemie was born. It brings back a flood of emotions for me, and also hope for others put in the situation.
Please meet Amir, as told by his mom, Alliyuah.
1.Tell us about your baby.
My baby’s name is Amir. He was born at twenty five weeks, and weighed 1 lb 5 oz.
2 . How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part.
Our NICU stay was 7 Months.
The hardest part was not knowing whether he would survive or not.
Amir had major airway issues . He was on the vent for 3.5 months. At one month old, they had to bring him back. He then got switched to a children’s hospital. Amir still had major issues with his airway. There, he ended up needing many dilations for his airway, and needing surgery.
He has a G-tube, which he eats completely by sometimes. He doesn’t eat by mouth very much.
3.Do you know what caused your premature birth?
I Was Visiting My Dad In Virginia and ended up having Amir. It was an emergency c-section due to Pre-eclampsia. I stayed at The Ronald McDonald House from July To December. I’m from South Carolina.
4. How are you and your baby doing today?
Today, we are doing wonderful. Amir is one-year-old. He still has issues, and we get followed by many doctors and therapy. He gets Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, and Speech. Amir got surgery for his airway. He’s not walking yet, but he just learned to crawl. He can also roll over, sit up, and say Mama & Daddy. Amir still has a feeding tube, but is off of Oxygen. He’s making progress. He’s my Miracle baby.
I also just had a baby girl named Aubrey. She was born at 36 weeks, and was 5 lbs 9 oz. She’s almost 2 months old now.
5. What advice do you have for new Preemie parents?
The advice I would give is to never give up. Keep the faith and always be thankful because you see many things you don’t want to see in the NICU. You get close to families, and meet new people. Never give up, and always keep your head up no matter how hard it gets.