Who are you celebrating on World Prematurity Day? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! - I’m celebrating my 32-weeker and my 31-weeker healthy today at ages 9 and 4. - From three pounds to perfect balls of joy. Forever grateful for the care they received for eight weeks in NICU and the special bond we now share with other preemie parents—like you! #worldprematurityday
Who can relate?!🙋♀️ Enjoy every tiny item in those loads, momma! . Doing laundry for my #32weeker and #31weeker was one of the things that made me feel like a “real mom” when my girls were in NICU. This week’s featured preemie mom @aehinton agrees. —- “Every visit, I’d change her clothes if the nurses hadn’t done so already, and take her laundry home with me. This little bit of baby laundry made her feel real outside of the NICU and made me feel like a “regular” mom.” —- Check out her full #27weeker #preemiemomstory at the link in the bio!
Could your worry about your preemie be NICU PTSD? . So many of you spoke up about your post-NICU anxiety. You’ll quickly relate to this week’s preemie mom story. . After battling high blood pressure most of her pregnancy, @aehinton heard her doctor say the words pregnant women dread: “We can’t help you here any longer.” . With her daughter in distress, Ashley was rushed to a hospital an hour away and was diagnosed with preeclampsia. Bristol was born 13 weeks early at 27 weeks gestation and spent 90 days in the NICU while Ashley balanced #niculife with a toddler at home. . You can read her full preemie mom story at the link in my bio.
How does this picture make you feel? Stressed? Anxious? You aren’t alone. —- Did you know diagnosis of NICU PTSD and depression is on the rise with some studies of preemie parents reporting postpartum depression rates as high as 40%? — That’s well above the 10 to 15% reported for women generally after childbirth. —- An incredible preemie mom recently reached out to share her experience working through PTSD and offered encouraging words to other preemie moms experiencing post-NICU stress and anxiety. I can’t wait to share her story later this week as I know it will help someone struggling. — Do you think you continued to experience anxiety and ptsd symptoms even after your preemie got home? I’ll throw my 🙋♀️🙋♀️ in there.
Today is a special day. It’s @preemiemomcamp’s Blogiversary! ... Two years of connecting with NICU moms in the thick of #NICUlife. Two years of proud preemie moms sharing advice and connecting in the comments. Two years of seeing inspiring photos of your teeny tiny ones when you tag me. Thank you for being here and sharing your stories. ... Do I wish I had the time and energy(ha!) to post more often? Of course! While my full-time job and full-time mom gig keeps my plate and head full, I’m so thankful you all are patient and encouraging. ... Speaking of my mom gig, I’m so lucky to have been picked to be mom to these two. My #32weeker and #31weeker. It wasn’t easy or the kind of beginning I’d ever choose. But our story connected me to all of you. 💜 ... 📸: @reebarnesphotography
Can you believe this gorgeous NICU photography from @reebarnesphotography?! - It can feel embarrassing to share photos of your little one when they are teeny and covered in cords. They don't look like other chubby newborns. Plus you don't want to scare your loved ones who may have never seen a 2 lb baby. - I love how Ree helped this preemie mom embrace her NICU experience and motherhood. Exactly what I want to do on Preemie Mom Camp. - Check out Ree’s tips for NICU photography at the link in my bio. . . .