A spontaneous preterm birth, that's what happened with Castle two years ago. He decided that it was time to come out at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early. My doctor tried to figure out why, but came up with nothing. Pathology on the placenta came up normal, blood tests came up fine, cervix at the proper length, and many other tests that all indicated nothing out of the ordinary. Castle was simply anxious to see us.
|How Castle was fed for two months, my breast milk through a nasogastric (NG) tube.|
Now half way through my second pregnancy, we are praying that this next kid will hang in there as long as possible. Not too long though, but long enough to pass 37 weeks. Since a pregnancy can go well up to the moment that it doesn't, we are not taking any chances. And considering Castle came so quickly without notice, we want to do all that is possible to prevent an other preterm birth. Baby and I are being monitored more closely, more ultrasounds and more doctor visits. Plus I'm on progesterone, a hormone treatment that can prevent preterm birth. Life with a preemie in the first few months were difficult and emotionally draining. Looking back on it now our experience was bitter sweet, we are stronger and better in many ways because of it, yet, I do not wish upon it for any parent. I applaud all of our wonderful NICU nurses and doctors, especially the nurses! NICU nurses are the most wonderful people you will ever meet.