finn was transported from the hospital he was born at, which has a level II NICU to one about 45 minutes away with a level III NICU. i'm glad he's at a better facility, but it also means we can't be close to him at home, so at least for this week we're staying in a hotel nearby (with wi-fi, yea).
i know a few of you here have had preemies, so any words of wisdom, advice, etc, is would be much appreciated. i hope none of you get to see your babes for at least two more months, or longer if you're due at the end of may.
i hope this is coherent!
oh, and he weighed in at 1 lb 14.5 oz and 13 inches long on his birthday.
I don't have any preemie advice, I'm sure others here might have some advice for you though...
C ~ mama to (16), (13), (9) (5)
Wishing you all the best, that Finley continues to grow and praying that he thrives and does wonderfully well. Keep us posted when you can. Check into Ronald McDonald house, so maybe you can be closer to ds at the level III nursery without the added expense of hotel costs.
We all all thinking of you.
Congratulations and Best Wishes.
Wow that must be a lot to absorb. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts.
There is lots of information on the benefits of "kangaroo care" for premature babies. For example, Dr Sears writes:
|A premature baby, especially one with medical problems needing weeks or months of intensive care, is deprived of those final weeks or months in the womb. Instead, baby must grow in an outside womb. The problem is that outside wombs are static. They don't move. Research has shown that a premature baby whose "womb" moves gains weight faster and has fewer stop-breathing (apnea) episodes. Specialists in newborn care have fabricated a variety of moving wombs, such as oscillating waterbeds.
A group of newborn-care specialists in South America made an ingenious discovery. Some hospitals could not afford incubators and all the technology needed to care for prematures. They were forced to use the mother. These preemies were wrapped around their mothers in a sling like wrap, a custom called "packing." To everyone's amazement, the babies thrived as well as, or even better than, the technologically cared-for babies.
The researchers concluded that the close proximity to mother helped the babies thrive. Being close to mother entices baby to feed more frequently. Mother's warmth kept the baby warm; mother's movement calmed the baby, enabling the baby to divert energy from crying to growing. Mother's breathing movements stimulated baby's breathing, so that these babies had fewer stop-breathing episodes. Mother acted as sort of a respiratory pacemaker for baby's breathing.
As soon as a premature baby no longer needs oxygen and intravenous therapy and enters the growing phase, we encourage mothers to wear their babies as much as possible, a practice called "kangaroo care" .
Kangaroo Care: The Human Incubator For The Premature Infant
Hang in there mama!
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