1. Not just for preemies!!! My daughter was a good healthy 8 plus pounds and several weeks overdue. But she died three times in her first 9 days of life. Each time we resuscitated her. I had a jerk for a doctor who, because he hadn’t SEEN her stop breathing, turn blue and her heart stop, didn’t believe me. Fortunately AN INTERN was there in the emergency room after he left, saw it happen and admitted her. I could go on for hours about what DIDN’T happen for the next week, but that’s not the story here.

    When I finally got her evaluated, she was diagnosed as have SIDS episodes. (Later they suspected that her brain shut off when she over heated, but there was never a final diagnosis.) BUT, we had to go on a waiting list for a monitor . . .for several months. In the short term, she was never out of my arms unless someone else was holding her. And at night I slept with her on my chest. Which, I learned many years later probably saved her.

    So I’m a HUGE supporter of co-sleeping and lots and lots of contact with newborns.

  2. My daughter was born at 34 weeks in 2005. My son was born at 39.5 weeks in 2008. I am very sad to say that I received far more encouragement to practice kangaroo care with my full-term son. When my daughter was born prematurely she was removed from me and taken to the NICU within a few minutes of birth. And in the NICU there was little privacy and none of the staff suggested keeping her skin-to-skin.

    I hope that my experience is a reflection of the fact that she was born 5.5 years ago, and that things have changed. But it pains me all the same that many premature infants don’t get the chance to experience kangaroo care. In this story, for example, had Jamie not been declared dead, he would likely have been whisked away without any chance to be with his mother.

  3. This is one of the most amazing stories I have heard in a long time. I wish the family well.

  4. That is simply amazing! My daughter wasn’t premature, but I held her skin to skin on my chest every day. I’d strip her down to her diaper and put her inside my shirt and rock her to sleep. I loved those early newborn days!

  5. I am so grateful you shared this. So important. So real. So necessary.

  6. My eldest daughter was born at 26 weeks weighing 14oz, as you can imagine she wasn’t well at birth and not for many weeks afterwards, so she was 6 weeks old before I held her. As wonderful as Kangaroo Care is (and it is) many very early or sick bubs find the other handling–being removed and replace in their incubators–too stressful. Once they’re well enough though, it’s fantastic!

    I was fortunate enough to have had both of my girls in a hospital that really stressed the importance of k-care so I had it with my youngest within minutes of her birth as well.

  7. Amazing story – thanks for sharing, I think it is important to follow your instincts and stay strong an demand that doctors listen to us and give proper care.

  8. Stories like this both fascinate and amaze me. I love to hear when mamas follow their natural instincts and what wonderful things can result. We’ve got thousands of years of evolutionary biology wired into our brains – using it is in everyone’s best interest.

    Thanks for your post on this topic. Love your blog (and your philosophy). Added you to my blogroll :)

  9. I love this story! I hope that stories like this will cause medical professionals to think less about statistics and put more hope in the human condition and it’s abilities.

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