November is World Prematurity Month. To honour and support the moms of preemies, we are sharing stories of moms who’ve been there and who can offer support from the other side of a long road. This is Rechelle’s story.
Tell us about the day your baby was born.
Seth was born on the 28th November 2018 at 32 weeks. It was such a scary and emotional day. I had to have an emergency c-section because I had no more amniotic fluid and baby was not growing anymore. He was born weighing 1.65kg.
Can you describe some of the emotions you experienced during the early days and weeks with your baby?
It was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride. Some days I just wanted to cry and some days I could handle seeing him lying in the NICU. Every test that had to be done scared me. I remember walking in while they were busy doing a scan of his brain. I almost fell apart because I thought that there was something wrong not knowing that it’s a routine check that has to be done. I lodged at hospital while I still had a toddler at home… it was so difficult and felt like my heart was ripped in two. But I knew that Seth needed me more.
Do you have any words of encouragement for a mom who is currently waiting for her baby to come home?
Just keep staying on your knees. There will be good days and those not so good days. But you as a mom have to leave all negativity outside the NICU. Your baby will thrive on your positivity. Most of all… you are stronger than what you think and man these preemies are real little fighters.