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Elizabeth’s Story: Part 1

I came across your facebook page and it led me to this website. I wanted to share my story with you. I have had four children, three being preemies, and out of the three preemies, two have lived and one has received her wings. I hope that my story can help someone.

I found out about our precious Callie when I was 3 weeks pregnant. I was scared to death to tell her daddy, not sure what he would think…
From the start Callie was a tuff little girl! At 8 weeks along, I found out that I had Placenta Previa, and I was ordered to be on bed rest till further notice. Callie was our third baby, M.J. was 2 years old, and M.C. was 9 months old. We somehow managed to get through it till about 18 weeks. I had a doctor’s appointment where they were going to do a sonogram. The doctors saw something that he thought might be down’s syndrome. We went to a specialist, they did a sonogram, and we found out that we were having a girl, and that our precious Callie was healthy as she can be.

At 24 weeks I went into pre-term labor. We went to the hospital, stayed the night, no baby, thank goodness! We knew that Callie was too early to come now, and some how by God’s grace He allowed her to stay put.

At 28 weeks we were at church. In Sunday school, my water broke. We went back to the hospital, checked in, and just waited to see what was going to happen. We were told that we were going to be there for a while. Daddy went home to take care of the kids, and mommy tried to get some sleep. The next morning about 7 am I went into early labor. Callie was ready to see the world. I labored with her for 5 hours. She was born January 2, 2006 at 1:18 pm. 2 pounds, 14 ounces.
She was so beautiful. She was pink, and had tiny little hands and feet. We held her for a moment, then kissed our little girl goodbye. She was sent to the NICU where she was intubated, and put on a ventilator. We were playing the waiting game now. We knew that there may be something wrong, but we would just have to wait and see what happens.

incubator preemie

Continue to Elizabeth’s Story: Part 2

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Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


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