*This is a podcast interview in the series - Regular Moms | Regular Birthing Stories*
Today we're sharing the inspiring story of Survi, a strong and courageous mom who overcame one of the toughest challenges a parent can face - giving birth to a preemie baby.
Her journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and support during difficult times.
In this interview, Survi shares her experiences with us - from the moment she found out she was pregnant, to the unexpected complications that arose during her pregnancy, to the day her baby was born prematurely.
She also shares how she coped with the stress and uncertainty of the NICU, and how her baby's strength and resilience inspired her every step of the way.
Above all, Survi's story is a reminder that no matter how challenging life may seem, there's always hope and there's always a way forward. We hope her journey will inspire and encourage other parents who may be facing similar struggles, and we're honored to share her story with you all.
Watch her entire video interview here :
You can also hear it in podcast (audio only) here :
“Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” - A. A. Milne.
A Quick Read on Preemie Babies
What is a premature baby?
Premature babies, also known as preemies, are infants who are born before 37 weeks of gestation. These babies may face a number of health challenges due to their underdeveloped organs and systems, and may require specialized care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). However, with advances in medical technology and the dedicated care of healthcare professionals, many preemies are able to grow up healthy and strong.
What are some health challenges faced by preemies
Preemies may face a variety of health challenges due to their underdeveloped organs and systems. These can include respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), apnea (temporary stoppage of breathing), jaundice, anemia, and infections. Preemies are also at a higher risk for developing long-term health conditions, such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing problems, and developmental delays. The severity of these health challenges can vary depending on the degree of prematurity and other factors, but with specialized medical care and support, many preemies are able to overcome these challenges and thrive.
Resources for parents of premature babies
Parents of premature babies may find themselves facing a wide range of emotional, practical, and financial challenges.
Fortunately, there are many resources available to support them during this difficult time. These can include support groups, online forums, and counseling services.
There are also organizations that provide practical assistance, such as meal delivery, transportation, and financial aid.
Additionally, many hospitals offer family-centered care programs that provide education and resources to help parents care for their preemie once they leave the NICU. By taking advantage of these resources, parents can find the support and guidance they need to navigate the unique challenges of having a premature baby.