Cayleb's Story, 24 Weeks

Miracle Mum, Salley shares Cayleb's story.

"I went for a gender scan at 18+2 weeks only to be told my baby couldn't be seen due to a lack of fluid around him and I was told I should go to the hospital to get checked.

The next morning I woke up and I was bleeding, so I presented to the Women's Assessment Unit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and they did a bunch of tests. Then the doctor came and told me that my water had broken but that I was not in Labor. From there we were given two options we could either end the pregnancy then and there or we could continue with risk of getting an infection or going into labor very early. We chose to continue.

I was then admitted to a ward for monitoring. When I got to the ward they didn't seem to care about my baby, they just kept telling me he won't survive and you have no choice but to terminate. Eventually they talked me into it, so over the next three days we started preparing for the worst thing ever. But then on the Monday, we spoke to a consultant who told us we had a choice not to terminate our healthy baby, so we agreed and were very relieved.

I was sent home on strict bed rest and I was only allowed to attend appointments. That went on for about five weeks until I was transferred to the Women's And Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Almost 10 days after being admitted I started to get an infection and my baby only had 1cm of fluid around him. From there I was transferred to the Delivery Suite and was induced; almost 12 hours later on the 26th February 2021 at 1:03am my son Cayleb was born at 24+3 weeks weighing only 625g  and measuring a tiny 30.5cm long.

It was the scariest thing I've ever had to go through. He's now 4 months old and is doing really well.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you."

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