The past five months have gone by in a blink! It’s hard to believe that on August 1 Preemie Mom Camp launched with just a few articles and the first Preemie Mom Story—mine.
The early births of my two daughters, plus another baby born at 20 weeks that did not survive, were the inspiration for the blog. When they were in NICU, I spent many late nights searching online for hours trying to understand what to expect with a 31-weeker and a 32-weeker. Reading about the experience of other preemie moms felt different than hearing information from doctors.
However, a lot of what I found were personal blogs meant to update the families of the preemie. It was them in the trenches: skinny babies covered in cords. What was harder to find was a fast forward look at where the preemie was today.
My number one goal of the blog is to be a place for COMFORT and COMMUNITY while your baby is in NICU and beyond. For me, this means regularly featuring preemie moms who have been right where you are—-scared and uncertain but full of faith and love. Ideally, you’ll also get to see that look ahead to see how the preemie is now at age two, four, nine or beyond.
Sixteen incredible Preemie Mom Stories were featured on the blog in 2017. Did you catch them all? If not, I encourage you to go back through and take a look.
Looking back, there were five that resonated the most with readers making them the top read Preemie Mom Stories in 2017.
While Amanda Gruenberg’s daughter, Ella, fought for her life after being born 16 weeks premature, Amanda was fighting her own battles of guilt, sadness and uncertainty that can come with being a preemie mom. Today, Ella is a happy, healthy toddler! Get to know Amanda and her 98 day NICU journey with Ella.
Callie Davis was pregnant with twin girls when at 28 weeks her water broke. She was taken to a specialty trauma hospital in Birmingham, Alabama three hours from her home to deliver her girls. The local Ronald McDonald House would become her home away from home as she and her husband created their new normal. Today, the twins are healthy nine-year olds!
Due to flu complications while 28 weeks pregnant, Katie Williams had to be placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma to adequately recover and allow her baby boy more time to grow. While the doctors and nurses did everything they could to keep her stable, four days later Parker was born in the Intensive Care Unit via emergency C-section at 2 lbs. 11 oz. Not only would Katie have to regain strength for herself, she would have to find the strength to also care for a pre-term newborn with his own set of medical challenges. Today, Parker is an active four-years-old with limited health complications. He’s also a big brother! Katie just gave birth to her second son full-term. Read her incredible two-part story.
Heidi Montgomery tried for seven years to get pregnant. Then, just 26 weeks into her pregnancy, an infection caused the need for an emergency C-section to save the life of her miracle baby, Elsie, who would spend 10 weeks in NICU. Today, Elsie is a healthy, vibrant, Beatle-loving four-year-old!
#1 – Megan Harlan
Megan Harlan, an active, healthy fitness studio owner and instructor, was wrapping up a typical class at one of her two Tulsa Pure Barre studios when she went into labor. At 4:30 p.m. that day, Megan felt like she had plenty of time to complete her nursery, attend an upcoming baby shower in her honor and celebrate with her team at the grand opening. Eight hours later, she was a preemie mom. Her son, born at 34 weeks, is a healthy two-year-old and big brother to sister, Payton, born full-term.
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