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Tabitha’s Birth Stories

I have 2 amazing NICU stories to share.

The roller coaster ride all began on St. Patrick’s Day 2004. I was 23 weeks pregnant with my first child and I went into labor. I arrived at the hospital and was told I was 10 centimeters dilated. I was shocked!! The nurse came in to do an ultrasound and then discovered that I was 1.5cm dilated with an hour glass membrane (my water had not broken but half my bag was out of my cervix with baby still in my cervix). They angled my head down and feet up and administered magnesium sulfate to stop labor. At 2pm on March 18th, my doctor did another ultrasound only to discover I was 6 cm dilated and my son was halfway out of my cervix and he was breech. They did an emergency c-section and he was born at 23 weeks weighing 1lb 10oz and 13 in long. He was immediately taken to the NICU where he was placed on an oscillator. At 1 week old he was diagnosed with NEC and rushed into emergency surgery to repair his intestines. The doctor came out of surgery and told my husband and I that our son now had a liver bleed and he did not know how to stop it. My son was then transferred to Children’s Hospital an hour away and luckily they were able to stop the bleed. At 3 weeks old he was diagnosed with Stage 3 ROP in Zone 1 of both eyes. He had numerous laser surgeries to try to save his vision throughout his NICU stay where his right eye got worse and his left eye got better. He spent 4.5 months in Children’s Hospital, and he went through 12 total surgeries before he finally came home with us. He is now a happy and healthy 9 year old, he does wear glasses…due the ROP he has only light perception in his right eye and very low vision in his left eye, but in no way shape or form does he let that slow him down.

Now fast forward 2.5 years later, I became pregnant again.  At 13 weeks I had a cerclage placed to stop me from going into preterm labor because it was determined that I had an incompetent cervix. At 27 weeks I got a major migraine and completely lost my vision. I was taken to the hospital to get checked. My blood pressure was 208/112. I was rushed to Labor & Delivery to try to get my BP under control. My doctor came and said that I had a severe case of toxemia, and that they were going to have to deliver the baby. I was devastated. All I kept thinking was – could I have done something differently? I didn’t know if I could go through the roller coaster of emotions like I did with my son all over again. My husband was at work, and when he arrived at the hospital that night I was so scared to tell him the news. The next day at 7:05am my daughter was born at 27 weeks weighing 2lbs 2oz 14in long. She had a very calm NICU stay compared to my son, and I was so very thankful. She was in the NICU for 3 months and came home 8 days after her due date. She is now a very active 6 year old with no medical problems from her very premature birth. 
Thank you for allowing me to share the story of my 2 preemie miracles.

Aimee Sprik About Aimee Sprik

Aimee Sprik (IL) is mother to Connor, born unexpectedly early at 26 weeks, in December 2008, due to an infection. Connor, with his parents, survived a complicated 120-day NICU stay, which changed their lives forever. Since bringing her son finally home, she's felt passionately about volunteering her time and resources to supporting fellow NICU parents, both at the hospital where Connor was born, and by co-founding Life after NICU, an online parent support forum now moderated by Hand to Hold. You can follow Aimee on her personal blog, Sprik Space, or send her an email.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this Tabitha. Such a strong person you are. I love you and your two beautiful, strong babies.
    Kandace

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