Monthly Archives: November 2010

Counting Our Blessings

1) I am thankful that I chose an obstetrician that delivers at UMass Memorial, the hospital with the region’s only level 3 NICU. This meant that neither I nor Peter had to be transferred to a different hospital before or … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Preemie

When I saw Peter for the first time, he was lying on his belly, outfitted with an umbilical arterial catheter, an umbilical venous catheter, ECG leads, a pulse oximeter, the tiniest diaper I have ever seen, and a tube in … Continue reading

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The Gauntlet

Mothers of preemies often mention the guilt that accompanies premature birth.  Why didn’t I recognize the signs of preterm labor earlier?  Did my water break because I was too active?  Should I have taken maternity leave earlier? Even when these … Continue reading

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Peter’s birth story, extended remix.

The last OB appointment I was able to attend was on Tuesday, July 6th, one week before Peter was born.  I weighed 137 pounds – 13 pounds more than I weighed at my first OB appointment back in Cambridge when … Continue reading

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May you live in interesting times.

My first three posts recounted bits and pieces of Peter’s birth story and time in the NICU, but I feel that such an extraordinary little boy deserves a more thorough account of the 28 hours leading to his birth and … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Neonatologist,

The resident told the nurse that he felt nothing but membranes. I closed my eyes, and the pressure was finally released with a gush of water. His feet slipped out, and I was taken to the birth place, a place … Continue reading

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30 Facts for Prematurity Awareness Month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, that does not mean that NFL players will be trading their pink game apparel for purple counterparts.  There are, however, other ways to raise awareness about a cause.  I have compiled a list of … Continue reading

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