Today is the day. The day we remember that so many kids in the US (over 10% in all but 2 states) are born prematurely. Check out your state here.
My own baby was born prematurely. 3 weeks. Technically she was 36 weeks and 6 days (4 if you count the 2 I spent in the hospital). Most first time mothers are OVERdue, as in 42 weeks or more. Ours was born severely jaundiced, although the main complication was that she didn’t end up getting to be a great nurser right off the bat (if you don’t count that we weren’t allowed to hold her outside of feeding her from Friday morning (a few hours old) to Monday morning on discharge). I however, do count that. She was in her bili-bed the whole time and it probably made bonding a lot harder for me, especially. Once she was 3 months old and had been somewhat reliably nursing on one side, I took the plunge and cold-turkeyed the pump. Yikes. That was insane, but she is still doing well. She seems to be hitting her milestones around average, and seems smarter than the average bear (right, Granddad, right, she can UNDERSTAND YOU when you say throw that food over your shoulder, I don’t care if she’s 1, she gets it!) Ha!
Every baby deserves 40 weeks! What can you do, what can you give to support the research and awareness for expectant mothers? Check with your local March of Dimes and see what you can do to help!