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Interview – Preeclampsia & Gallstones: Part 2

Q.     Tell about your baby when he/she was born.  How did you react to seeing your baby for the first time?
A.      When I was in labor I said I’d never get pregnant again because I was in hell.  The second I saw my daughter I knew that I could do it again-but it would be a while.  The feeling of seeing your child as soon as they come into the world is amazing.  She didn’t seem too small to me and was just looking around to see what was going on.  Even though I already loved her in my womb I was in love all over again and was so happy to have her in my arms.

Q.    Did you and/or the baby have to get life-flighted to a bigger hospital or to the NICU?
A.     No

Q.     How far from your home was the NICU your baby stayed in?
A.      20-30 minutes depending on traffic

Q.    What complications did your baby have in the NICU?
A.     Originally they just kept her for jaundice but then they realized that she was not able to retain her body temperature on her own.

Q.     How long was your baby in the NICU?  Were they there past their due date?
A.      She was there 2 weeks.

Q.    What was your baby’s biggest struggle in the NICU?
A.     Maintaining her own body temperature-she had no fat to do so.

Q.    Did you have to move closer to the NICU for a time?  Separate from your spouse?  If so, where did you stay?
A.     No

Q.     How often did you visit your baby in the NICU?
A.      Twice a day- I’d drive my husband to work and then go feed her then wait in the lobby while the Dr’s did their rounds and then feed her again.  I’d go home and take a nap then pick up my husband from work.  We’d grab dinner and then head to the hospital to give her her bath and feeding and spend time with her.  Then we’d come home and go to sleep and I’d do it all again the next day.

Q.    Tell about feeding your baby.
A.     Because of some medication I was on I was not able to breastfeed my daughter.  It ended up being a bit of a blessing though.  Twice during her stay there they bumped up to higher calorie formulas to help her fatten up.  The higher calorie formulas were great for that but they led to constipation-oh joy.  Sometimes I would get frustrated though when feeding her at the NICU because they monitored everything that went into her body and out of her body and so sometimes they’d really push her or have us push her to drink more than she wanted to while the babies being breastfed were not pushed to drink a certain amount because they couldn’t measure how much they actually took in.

Q.    Did you do kangaroo care?  Did you like it?
A.     No

Q.    Did you like your baby’s nurses?
A.     Oh yes-one of which has become such a great friend.  She was actually called in a few times on her days off and her conditions were usually that our child was one of her patients.

Q.    How big was your baby at discharge?
A.     Right under 6lbs

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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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