Born 4 months early - if you weren't told you would never know.

"At 23+2 weeks I presented at the hospital because I had been experiencing tightenings and I just didn't feel right. The midwife examined me and after hours of being poked and prodded and waiting  around she decided that everything was fine and I should go home and get some rest. I wasn't convinced and luckily at that moment an obstetrician walked past and the midwife said she would check with her before she sent me home to put my mind at ease. The obstetrician noticed that by this stage it was too uncomfortable for me to even sit so she sent me straight for an ultrasound which determined I was in fact in labour and 6cm dilated already so I was put in a wheel chair and sent over to the public birthing and assessment unit as I was to early to deliver in the private hospital.

They weren't ready for me in the ward so I was left in the wheel chair for what seemed like forever  with a nurse who kept reassuring me they would give me medication to stop my labour and then  send me home. Well... that never happened, I finally got put in a room and dr S an amazing neonatologist came to talk to me to explain that as I was under 24 weeks gestation it would depend on Bentleys weight (and other things) if they would resuscitate him as standard protocol in Australia is not to resuscitate until 24 weeks and then proceeded to ask me "Do I want him to resuscitate my baby? (It's the law to ask between 23- 25 weeks) of course I said yes and at that moment my waters broke, the room instantly filled with multiple people and within minutes I was whisked away to theatre and 39 minutes later Bentley was born weighing 790 grams and thankfully he was "big" for his gestation so they treated him as a 24 weeker.

He was in respiratory distress, was having apneas, had hypothermia and was extremely premature so was rushed away to the NICU before I could even see him where he then stayed under the care of some amazing nurses and doctors for the next 4 months. During that 4 months he survived a pulmonary haemorrhage, infections, hypotension, persistent patent ductus arteriosus (heart valve that wouldn't close), jaundice that required phototherapy, severe apnea, Chronic lung disease and stage 3 bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Over the next 6 months his breathing issues required mechanical ventilation, high frequency oscillation, cPAP, high flow and low flow oxygen as well as Caffeine used as a respiratory stimulant and had to come home on oxygen. As well as his breathing issues he also had Anaemia and required 5 blood transfusions and Thrombocytopenia which required a transfusion of platlets. He also had brain haemorrhages, stage 2 retino athy, transitory ileus (couldn't tolerate being fed due to an immature gut), Gastro- oesophageal reflux and multiple infections. We were told that there was an extremely high chance (especially because i have a family history) of him having cerebral palsy and also to expect developmental delays in all aspects of his life.

Fast forward 3 years and he is as healthy as a horse and has no evidence remaining to show he was born 4 months early and if you weren't told you would never know. He doesn't have cerebral palsy or any developmental delays. Doctor S is completely happy with his development and he scored in the 95 percentile for cognitive development at his last developmental assessment! Bentley's immune system was very weak as a baby and he wasn't able to participate in play groups or baby sensory but as soon as we got the all clear to socialise at 13 months we joined toddler sense which helped with his development immensely."

-          Emma, Mum to Bentley

 

This March, join in and help families just like Bentley and Emma’s in a special event, raising funds for Miracle Babies Foundation. Find out how you can get involved in the Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense ‘Senseathon’: https://babysensorysenseathon.raisely.com

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Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes introduce fun, carefully designed activities to stimulate your baby's senses and move development and learning forwards. And behind every Baby Sensory session, there's an incredibly detailed lesson plan backing up everything your baby touches, sees, hears, smells and feels.

These sessions have been designed for children up to 4 years of age.

 More information on each program here:

www.babysensory.com.au

www.toddlersense.com.au

 

 

 

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Miracle Babies Foundation

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