So… most people that follow me or read my blog at all know that Leela was born prematurely. I started having preterm labor at 29 weeks and had to take medications to prevent early onset of labor (procardia and brethine). I was in the hospital twice to stop labor because I developed extrinsic obstructive renal failure from my uterine positioning. Many renal complications during pregnancy can cause uterine contractions, preterm labor, or miscarriage in early pregnancy. Unfortunately, after the second kidney operation, I had premature rupture of membranes and had Leela 6-7 weeks premature. She spent two weeks in the NICU because she had poor control over her blood sugar levels and required a continuous IV dextrose infusion to prevent hypoglycemia, as well as feeding support due to an undeveloped suck-swallow-breathe reflex. She also required bililights for her elevated bilirubin levels.
The March of Dimes has named today (November 17) World Prematurity Day to help bring awareness to premature birth and prevention measures against it. Many of the causes of premature births are still unknown and the March of Dimes has launched a major research initiative into the causes. You can go to their website to make a donation for this cause.
You can also buy a kangaroo doll. You’ll receive one an another one will go to a family with a baby in the NICU to help promote kangaroo care. Here’s the website for anyone interested: