A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
Hello! We are a few days out from the beginning of National Prematurity Awareness Month, which celebrates preemies and their families. This is a very special month for our family.
In May of 2012, I delivered a 1 pound 4 ounce little girl at 23 weeks into my pregnancy. She was just 11 3/4 inches long. My daughter, who we named Joy, was born premature as a result of my 100% placenta previa. Joy was considered a micro preemie.
Any delivery before 37 weeks is considered premature.
Joy spent the first 4 months of her life in the NICU and endured more medical interventions in those 121 days than the average person does throughout their entire lifetime.
Luckily, Joy escaped the majority of complications that typically plague such premature babies, but she is left with some minor lung issues that complicate everyday cold viruses.
We are so blessed to have her in our lives and as a family- we vowed to turn our struggles into something positive and to help educate others on the reality of prematurity and what it is like to raise a preemie.
I began writing a book a few weeks after Joy came home from the NICU. Before her birth I was placed on pregnancy bed rest due to hemorrhaging and 100% placenta previa. It was quite dangerous and I started to write my feelings down now and again so that I could vent. After Joy’s birth I began a journal to record all of the daily medical information I was presented as well as how I felt about it all. I used this notebook as an outlet.
Once Joy was home and we could stop holding our breath, I read all of the words I had written and decided that I needed to share our story to help others.
This was the beginning of From Hope to Joy and I am so glad that I wrote it. I have gotten so much positive feedback and I truly believe that our preemie success story allows other families to have hope.
Above is an interview I did for a cable television show called “Let’s Talk Writing”, in honor of World Prematurity Day. My reasons for taping this show are to spread awareness about prematurity as well as encourage others to write their feelings down on paper. It is very therapeutic and can heal your soul.
Please take a few moments and watch it and share it, then think about what you can do help premature babies and their families. You can donate to a number of different organizations through the donations page on my website:
Thanks for reading and watching and please share it with anyone who you think can benefit from our preemie success story!
I would love to hear what you thought of my interview.