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My 1st nicu baby what do I do..... Mighty muffin + 2 2 kids; Cragford, Alabama 2126 posts
5th Aug '13

So I gave birth to my daughter Emily Olivia on Aug, 2nd 2013. She was 5lbs 5 ozs and 18 inches long. The cause of her early delivery was because of her placenta abrupting. her gestational age was 34 wks and 4 days.



When she was born:
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when we finally got to see her yesterday (8-4-13):
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this morning (8-5-13):
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how do you ladies survive the nicu. I mean everytime I hear a sensor go off I freak and about have a panic attack. I am so scared somethin is gonna go horribly wrong. Like just a few minutes ago her heart rate dropped all a sudden. I spoke to the nurse bout it and she said she held her breath and when she doesnt breath her heart rate will drop. OMG help me some one! I need survival tips! please.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21324 posts
status 5th Aug '13

Oh hun, I'm so sorry! I had a placental abruption too but at 38weeks. He had to have blood transfusions and all of his organs had begun to shut down. Honestly, I think we were in shock a little bit. We trusted the NICU and really I didn't think once that he wasn't going to make it. He was on a vent the first day and a feeding tube for about 5 days and we finally got him home after 8 days. He just got soooo much better after the first 2 days and that really helped me feel that he was going to be just fine. All you can do at this point is just be there for her. I pumped every 2 hrs while he was in there and I think that helped me feel better, like I was still able to do something for him even before we were able to hold him. Good luck to your little sweet heart!

Mighty muffin + 2 2 kids; Cragford, Alabama 2126 posts
5th Aug '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" Oh hun, I'm so sorry! I had a placental abruption too but at 38weeks. He had to have blood transfusions ... [snip!] ... like I was still able to do something for him even before we were able to hold him. Good luck to your little sweet heart!"

Ya Im pumpin when I can and at the time the abruption had only effected me. She wasn't effected yet. and im sorry :/ I just get so nervous I might lose her.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
5th Aug '13
Quoting Mighty muffin + 2:" Ya Im pumpin when I can and at the time the abruption had only effected me. She wasn't effected yet. and im sorry :/ I just get so nervous I might lose her."

If you intend to nurse, DO pump every 2 hrs when awake & every 3 at night. It is the best way to initiate & get your supply going.



Sorry you have to go through this momma. HUGE hugs!

Amanda Farley 1 child; Indiana 66 posts
5th Aug '13

I don't have any information that can help you I just wanted to say she is beautiful!! :D I hope she comes home soon!

Mighty muffin + 2 2 kids; Cragford, Alabama 2126 posts
5th Aug '13
Quoting justanothamotha:" If you intend to nurse, DO pump every 2 hrs when awake & every 3 at night. It is the best way to initiate & get your supply going. Sorry you have to go through this momma. HUGE hugs!"

ya Im workin on it..

Amber {Dylan's momma} 1 child; Lodi, Ohio 1974 posts
5th Aug '13

I had my daughter at 34w1d due to pre-e. We had a 5.5 week stay d/t feeding issues. It is scary but try to remember the nurses are trained if any happens. Talk to them and ask questions. Do kangaroo as soon as you can. See if you can pump bedside to help. And ask to start latching and bottles right away.
Good luck momma! Hope its a short stay

Mighty muffin + 2 2 kids; Cragford, Alabama 2126 posts
5th Aug '13
Quoting Amanda Farley:" I don't have any information that can help you I just wanted to say she is beautiful!! :D I hope she comes home soon!"


thank you lol

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
5th Aug '13
Quoting Mighty muffin + 2:" ya Im workin on it.."



you HAVE to pump every 2-3 hours, right now is the most important time, for your milk to come in and get established. have them bring a pump to her room and pump next to her. set an alarm and wake up at least every 4 hours thru the night.

power pump once a day, preferably in the afternoon. (10 min on, 10 min off for a full hour) and make sure you have a good pump at home, and are using the hospital grade as much as possible.

SalvationsDying 1 child; Ohio 99 posts
18th Aug '13

Its hard, but you have to have faith in your little one and faith in your self. I went home every night from nicu and cried my eyes out. My daughter was born 33wks. I had pre eclampsia (and a emergancy c-section) and it got bad super quick. I felt it was my fault and I wanted to die. But with support and love from my family and faith in my daughter we pulled through. She is now 15 months. In the 90% for weight and height. She's walking talking and a very happy baby. You every wanna talk mommy to mommy inbox me. Mostly have faith in your baby.



My daughter stayed for 12days. Took her first bottle 2 days in. Iv out 6days in and out of the incubator on the 10th day.