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The Story of Alayna Marrie

Thoughtfully submitted by reader’s Marria and Raul.

Alayna Marrie was born at 32 weeks in Brandon,Fl., due to my preeclampsia.  All throughout my pregnancy she was a fighter.  I was in and out of the emergency room, for spotting, severe headaches, high blood pressure…till they had to hospitalize me at 30 weeks for preeclampsia and the goal was to keep me pregnant till she reached full term.  As you can see I only lasted 2 weeks.  Her heart rate and vitals stayed strong throughout the 36 hours of delivery, I was touch and go there for awhile so at the last minute I had a emergency c-section.

Eventhough, Alayna soared through the NICU and was released in only 2weeks, she then had a relapse and was admitted to St. Joesph Childrens Hospital with apnea and reflux.  We pray to God everyday our baby girl soars through this also.

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. thats too early to send home at “34 weeks” What was that NICU thinking?!? Poor little Alayna and her parents! they only learn to properly feed ar 34 weeks + the whole sucking and breathing!

  2. my son was born at 32 weeks. he didnt come home till 38 weeks, that is totally unacceptable!

  3. my son was born at 31 and didnt come home until 40 wks

  4. My son was a 32 weeker and came home at 36 weeks.

  5. my son was 32weeks n came home @ 38 weeks

  6. How do we submit out story!?

  7. my daughter was born at 31 weeks and 3 days she was home by day 17. She had no problems
    But i was so scared taking such a tiny baby home x

  8. my son was born at 31 weeks 6 days he was in the hospital for a month

  9. my twins where born at 28w5d and spent 2 months in the hospital..

  10. My son was born just two days shy of 32 weeks, spent 4.5 weeks in the NICU, it’s amazing this little one got out so soon, but then, came right back.

  11. my little girl was born at 27 weeks weighing 1lb 6oz, she spent 78 days in hospital,came home at 38 weeks. Im glad she wasnt allowed home any earlier.

  12. My Alice was a 30 weeker and went home at 8w4d (38w4d)
    As I said at the start, what that hospital did was wrong! Alice was no where near ready at “34” weeks to go home! bad, BAD hospital!

  13. my son 26 weeker spent 120 days in nicu and re admitted 24 hours after discharge.

  14. Judie – if you would like to share your story on the blog simply use my contact page (from the homepage) and let me know and then you can send attachments and pictures to me by email. I’ll get it published! That goes for anyone who wants to share… I want lots of stories for the blog!! 🙂

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