5 Things to Expect as the Parent of a Preemie

As the grandmother of this preemie, I wanted to share this blog. I went along on this painful and sometimes frightening journey with my son and daughter-in-law. We’re blessed with a happy and bright little boy.


When my son was born at 28 weeks gestation, my husband and I were completely unprepared. Being a first time mother and having a perfectly healthy pregnancy up until the day my water broke (in the middle of the psychiatric hospital in which I worked), we had not planned for a situation in which my son would spend his first seven weeks post-birth in the NICU, away from his family and unable to be held at all for the first four days out of the womb. Staring at my 2 pound, 14 ounce son through a glass Isolette was terrifying, and resources for the emotional and mental support of parents who were in our position seemed limited.

Now, 19 months into our experience, we are still reminded every day that our son came into this world three months early, mentally unready and physically unprepared for this world. We have been very fortunate with our…

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