A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
Sara Steinberg is a preemie mother and NICU nurse and she was kind enough to share her preemie success story with us in honor of World Prematurity Day. Read her story below:
“Rosalina was my first child. I didn’t know anything about the NICU or how 6 weeks could mean so much. I was on bed rest from 20 weeks on, due to premature labor and every week I was grateful that we made it one week longer. Then one morning I could barely see after waking up. I was completely swollen. It was preeclampsia! The doctors decided to induce labor. After a very long day and a failed induction, my Lina was born via c-section at 34 weeks.
Although my pregnancy with Rosalina was longer than my next two pregnancies, she was considered a late preterm. My daughter Emma was born at 33 weeks in 2009 and my son CJ was born at 34.5 weeks in 2011.
Rosalina was diagnosed with a having a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus; a heart condition common in preemies) and BPD (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia; a lung condition common in preemies). Because of these, she had a long stay in the NICU. Lina was on cpap for weeks until her PDA resolved, which happened to be the night before her scheduled surgery to repair it. I knew then what type of Child she would be!
Rosalina turned 6 in August and she still suffers with respiratory issues. We make several trips the ER each year, but she is an amazingly strong girl who always makes sure she doesn’t leave the house without her inhaler!
After Lina’s birth I decided to switch from being a recovery room nurse to a NICU nurse. My preemie made me a mom and a NICU nurse, and I will always be grateful to her for that. Her strength never ceases to amaze me and I am so proud to be her mom!”
Thank you Sara for sharing your preemie success story with us in honor of World Prematurity Day. Rosalina is a beautiful girl!
I also want to thank you for your service as a NICU nurse. NICU nurses are special people!