You give me a few minutes to catch my breath… and wait until I find my way back.
You wait for me when I need it the most.
You wait for me without asking.
You wait for me with the most love in your heart.
And I am forever grateful.
Having someone you know and love deliver a baby premature can be scary. Often times loved ones are unsure of what to do and what to say during this stressful time. Here are some thoughts gathered from former NICU parents on how to support during the journey.
It was a swift emergency C-section. Noah was 32 weeks gestation, and weighed only 2 lbs. The first moment I laid eyes on him, was through the small plexiglass porthole of his isolette. Although there were no signs of Zika, It was determined that Noah had not grown since 26 weeks gestation, as the result of severe Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). If it had not been for that random ultrasound, we never would have known and would likely have lost Noah within another 24 hours at most. There will never be an answer or explanation as to why this happened. However, there will also never be one as to how he survived for so long- and of the two mysteries, that is the one I encourage myself to focus on.
We care, because we have been there.