Prematurity Info

Sometimes, plans just don't work out the way you expect them to. Put on bed rest for eleven days, a severe case of early-onset pre-eclampsia forced the early arrival of our daugther, Beatrice Kate. Born eleven weeks early, at just two pounds, three ounces; my husband and I were forced into the overwhelming world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Our experiences in the NICU were filled with highs and lows. From the outside looking in, life in the NICU seems like the Doldrums. But in reality, it's a place where miracles and modern science intersect. A place where complete strangers become friends and nurses and doctors become part of your family as they diligently work to make your child stronger, healthier, ready to come for you.

Unfortunately, we aren't alone as NICU parents. One in eight babies here in the US is born to soon, too sick or too small.  Thankfully, there are so many resources available that we used to educate ourselves about having a premature baby. Here are some of our favorites that you may find helpful if you or someone you know has a baby in the NICU:
  • March of Dimes: An organization dedicated to finding the causes of prematurity and eliminating them. Their research, support and advocacy were vital to Beatrice Kate's first few days of life.
  • NC Children's Hospital: The hospital where Beatrice Kate was born, and spent her first weeks growing and getting stronger. The doctors and nurses at UNC were Ah-Mazing.
  • Peek-a-boo ICU:An amazing web site dedicated to educating and empowering NICU Parents and families. Site was founded and is maintained by a current NICU nurse.
  • Half-Baked: What's it like to have a baby in the NICU? This book is an excellent memoir written by a fellow NICU mom.
  • It's a Preemie Thing: Best place ever to get great Preemie Onesies and Shirts. 
  • Life with Jack:  A beautiful and touching blog about parenting a former micro-preemie.