Zaylee's Story, 32 Weeks

Miracle Mum, Rebecca shares Zaylee's story.

"When I found out I was pregnant again I was full of anxiety and fear after my first son Korbin was born at 29 weeks. Thankfully, my care team were amazing and I was booked into a high risk pregnancy clinic immediately and was in hospital having a cervical stitch in place to try to prevent my cervix shortening early again.

While again suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) I was getting through pregnancy a lot better then my previous pregnancy. It was New Year’s Eve 2019 when I woke excited to have my first New Years off in seven years and was planning to take my 19-month-old out and watch the fireworks. I could hear him in the cot awake so I got out of bed, made it to the bathroom when my waters broke with a gush, I knew immediately that I was going to have another premature baby being only 30 weeks. I called my high risk team who said to come in and be checked. I bundled up my son and dropped him off to my parents. As my partner was at work, thankfully my amazing cousin came to the rescue and drove my dad and I to the hospital. I had a towel between my legs and was still leaving a trail behind me - my midwife followed me in and said let’s have this baby!

After two failed attempts to remove my stitch, just before I was about to be taken to surgery the stitch was released, but I wasn’t progressing into labour. After 10 days in hospital I developed an infection and the decision was made to induce my labour as it was safer for our girl to be out. 14 and a half hours and two failed epidurals later, our little blossom Zaylee Joy was born at 32+6 weeks. To make it even more of rush, she was born on my birthday.

We spent three days in NICU at John Hunter Hospital and four weeks at special care nursery in Maitland hospital before coming home three weeks before her due date. We got home just before the pandemic broke out and she was finally able to meet her paternal grandparents at Christmas whom live in QLD.

I have two Miracle babies and we couldn’t be more grateful for the help of staff and doctors in hospital, and for the volunteers who also help so much more then they know."

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