Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Preemie Mojo for a Friend, Please

Thanks to Facebook, I've recently reconnected with SDH, a friend from high school, and learned that she's been having a very difficult pregnancy.

The short story is that she was carrying twins and, at around 18 weeks, began going into labor. They found that Twin A (closest to her cervix) had died in utero, but Twin B looked fine, so they did a "delayed interval delivery" in which they allowed her to deliver A then stopped her labor.

She's been on strict bedrest since then, and at 24 weeks (the outer limit of viability) they moved her to a hospital with a Level III NICU, a couple of hours from home. It was hoped that she could move back home at 28 weeks at deliver at the hospital there, but the baby was born last night, just shy of 27 weeks gestation.

He weighs 2 lbs 3 oz and is 14 inches long. On S's Care Page, her husband reports that the baby (also an S name, actually) "is stable and is struggling with all of the issues you expect an almost 27 week old gestation baby to deal with," and that "S is resting and recovering from a C-section."

It is amazing that he survived his brother's death and birth (it's just not right at all to have to say it that way) and that he managed to stay inside for another eight weeks, so he has already overcome incredible odds to be where he is, but he still has quite a challenge ahead of him.

I know that Mama S and her whole family (including Baby S's big sister and four big brothers) would appreciate your prayers, good wishes, or whatever sort of mojo you've got.


  1. Sending energy...

  2. We are praying! Riley's best friend was born at 24 weeks 2 days and is doing really perfectly well now and we just had a playdate a few days ago! She was due 20 days AFTER Riley and was born 3 months earlier!! Now she weighs more than Ry and is doing GREAT! There is great hope! We are sending energy S's way!


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