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Little Bobby

This personal story was submitted by Angela, one of our readers.

Birth Story of Robert “Bobby” Christopher Hora
Born 12/20/2010 at 6:13am Premature at 27 weeks and 5 days.

On November 23 2010, I was admitted to Kaiser – Mothers and Baby Unit in Roseville CA for preterm labor and bulging bag of water.  I remained stable for just under three weeks- During those three weeks- (I was sent up to ant-partum room to continue my bed rest- and then my world feel apart.)  Thursday Dec 16, 2010 I started having contractions.  I didn’t think much of it until Friday early morning when I realize that they were about 5 minutes apart.  I ended up calling my nurse and the doctor followed along.  After I was examined- doc noticed a change in my cervix and again I was wheeled down to labor and delivery for observation.  I was given three different types of medication to stop the contractions.  While I was in L & D I started bleeding and was not allowed to get out of bed.

By Sunday morning- I again was stabled and was allowed to get out of bed to use the bedside commode.  Around 12:00am early Monday morning- doc discovered that Bobby was having several decelerations in his heart beat and scheduled an ultrasound.  During the ultrasound- it was discovered that I had low anomic fluid.  I had also started leaking fluid and had continued to bleed.  Doc informed me that they were going to try to get me to 34 weeks- doc also had to stop all meds to stop my contractions. At around 4am, I started feeling contractions again- and informed the nurse.  Since she wasn’t able to time the contractions- she had me mark my contractions with a devise.  Around 5am, I was given a pain shot to take the edge off the pain.  During that time, I started feeling more intense contractions and realize that I was going to be physically sick.  I again called the nurse and she suspected that I was close to delivery and had the doctor follow along with her.  I was checked again and was at 8 cm’s.  There was no going back now, little Bobby was on his way.  Right after the doctor examined me- I broke down and started crying.  I was so scared and terrified.   I had the most intense desire to push and waited for the doctors to finish setting everything up.  Doc got in position and with one push- Bobby was out. Bobby made the most beautiful little sound that I was so relieved.  I did get a chance to see him before the doctors started working on him.  Bobby had awesome agar scores- 8-9 for a preemie- what more can I ask for.  While I recover for most of the day- I did go see Bobby and he was receiving minimal support.  Going down to the NICU was one of the hardest things I could have imagined.  Every time I go and see him- I get terry eye.

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.


  1. hey angela, seems like u had a really rough time, hope bobby is doin ok!! i had similar problems and my baby boy zack was lso born 27 weeks and 5days after my waters broke at 20 weeks. i was in and out of hospital the last 3 weeks before he was born with bleeding and minor contractions, which eventually set off real labour…. zack was born with lungs of a 21 weeker and we were told he would not mae it through the night. he did and after 3months in hospital came home although he is on home oxygen he is fightn strong and is 21 weeks old now. hope ur journey att the nicu comes 2 an end soon and little bobby comes home with u very soon! good luc and best wishes x

  2. I was born at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, too. How funny is that?

  3. I also had a 27 weeker. 🙂 Nathaniel is also still in the NICU and was born on Dec 22nd. He was delivered due to pre-eclampsia and severe hellp.
    May both our children do well and grow perfectly! 🙂

  4. Hiya
    I had twin boys, 29 weeks, managed to get to that point after being told at 26 weeks one had absent end diastolic flow and wasn’t growing. That experience of having a premature baby or babies can only really be understood if you have lived through it yourself – so I am sending you lots of strength and love – and hoping your wonderful baby is home with you soon. Haanagh x

  5. I also had a 27.1 weeker. Jalesa was born feb 18, 2010 at 1.8lbs. She stayed in the NICU for 94 days and came home on o2. She still needs o2 some nights, but she is getting stronger everyday! The NICU experience is very stressful and one that I will never forget. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! Congrats on your precious miracle!!

  6. I had a 24 weeker June 1, 2010 born from Pprom at 20 weeks. Her twin brother passed May 31 which is why she was delivered due to risk of infection. She stayed in the NICU for 3 months and came home on oxygen, apnea monitor, and a pulse ox monitor, caffeine, and a high calorie formula. She is now off oxygen and all monitors and doing awesome! Its amazing what the doctors can do!! Praying for your precious miracle and your family!! Sounds like he is already a fighter!! 🙂

  7. May 12 2010, 27 weeks 1 day 1lb 10oz baby boy. Spent 3 week in hospital before delivering. Spent 71 days in the Nicu. Went home on oxygen, apnea monitor, caffeine, and a high calorie formula. Now 17lb small but healthy. Only needs high calorie formula. The doctors are truly amazing!! We will keep you in our prayers

  8. Well here is an update. Bobby came home on March 6th. We finally know why he was early- they were able to confirm that I ruptured my amniotic sac and developed acute chorioamnionitis- due to the autopsy of the placenta. Bobby only came home on iron, multivitamins and 22 cal formula. I did try to bf him at home but he was such a frantic eater that he would latch and then unlatch. I also had a major decrease in my supply that i just finally decided to stop pumping and formula feed him. He made a tremendous turn around in the middle of Feb. All of a sudden he was breathing on his own and wasn’t needing any support.

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