A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
Thank you to Debbie Pikula from NY for sharing the story of her daughter Emily’s premature birth and NICU success!
My name Is Debbie and I have a preemie! My Emily was born at Northern Westchester Hospital in NY on June 7,2012 at 30 weeks. I had a high-risk pregnancy being at the age of 41 and I have high blood pressure. Emily’s due date was August 14th… My pregnancy was getting tough with my blood pressure getting high and I often had to go to the hospital. My doctor visits became 4x a week… On June 7th I went for my sonogram. And was afraid that Emily was going into distress I balled my eyes out when he said to get to the hospital immediately I was like “no it’s too soon.” We can’t. Not yet!!! So I met my husband and we drove to hospital I called my family and friends and felt like I was calling to say goodbye. I was a basket case… I was having my baby shower that weekend and my family was flying in the next day!!! The next few hours were a daze for me once I got the epidural I felt like Jesus Christ lying on the table. It was a great feeling but it quickly wore off. I started feeling everything the doctor was doing during my c-section. Then I was put under completely! When I woke I was all confused and emotional and couldn’t stop crying. I was wheeled into the NICU where they showed me my little miracle Emily.
She was born weighing 3.1 pounds at 5:57 pm June 7th. Emily was in the NICU for exactly 2 months. I was there daily. And when there were rooms available I stayed overnight!!! It was very emotional in the beginning seeing Emily lying in the isolette with tube and wires everywhere. She was never really in any serious danger where she wasn’t expected to live.
The nurses and doctors were in the NICU were amazing. I got daily progress reports whether in person or on the phone. It was a tough 2 months. I watched her grow into a beautiful baby girl that warmed everyone’s hearts. She is my miracle baby and I could never picture my life without her! I have an intervention nurse that comes to my home to check on Emily every 2 months. And she is very satisfied with Emily. She lacks a little in motor skills but everything else is good! Emily is now 17 months 15 months adjusted! I am waiting patiently for her to walk. She is almost there!