Nobody can deny the pleasure of cradling a newborn baby; it is an out of the world experience holding a tiny being in your arms and listening to its heartbeat. Relatives and friends join in the celebrations of welcoming a new member to the family but it is the parents who are the most ecstatic. They have waited long for this moment and it is indeed one of the most special experiences worth cherishing forever.
It is every woman's dream to bear a healthy baby after a smooth pregnancy of nine months but not all women get to enjoy a successful pregnancy and delivery. There are some lesser fortunate ones who either suffer a miscarriage, a pre-term delivery, or some kind of complications that doesn't let them sail through the phase smoothly. It is, even more, heart-wrenching to realize that the baby you carried in your womb all this while will not be able to make it.
Here's a story of a Worcester mom who was asked to be prepared for a stillborn baby before something miraculous happened.
The 26-year-old Tammy Smith from Worcester was enjoying a smooth pregnancy and waiting to meet her little one in a few months' time. Her husband, Adam Smith, 29, was equally excited but things did not go as planned and almost half-way through her pregnancy, on February 17, 2016, her waters broke. She was just 20 weeks pregnant at the time!
Tammy and Adam, were informed by the doctors that there is no chance of survival for the baby as Tammy would soon be going into premature labor.
Observing Tammy's condition, the doctors were sure that the baby would be stillborn. With no hope of a successful and healthy delivery, the doctors advised the Smiths to plan for the unborn baby's funeral.
As reported by the Sun, the Smiths picked up a blue coffin, a horse and carriage, and even decided on the flowers and the music for the funeral.
The couple from Worcester had already gone through the trauma of losing a baby earlier. Tammy admitted that it was horrifying burying one child and now with another one following the same suit, it broke their hearts.
"It was devastating, but we wanted to give him a perfect send-off as we had with his brother, so we decided on a horse and carriage and a blue coffin," admitted Tammy.
Refusing to give up, Tammy browsed through a Facebook page run by an advocacy group called Little Heartbeats. This group tries to raise awareness about the premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) and their Facebook page is dedicated to mums whose waters break early. There were lots of advises from other moms who had experienced the same and still managed to deliver a healthy baby.
Tammy followed the advises mentioned in the group and put herself on complete bed rest. She increased her intake of fluids and requested for steroids for her baby's lungs at 24 weeks.
The baby passed meconium (infant's first poop) in the womb and that is when the doctors insisted that the baby be taken out of the womb.
She recalls, "Even as I was being wheeled into theatre they were telling me he would be stillborn and that I had to prepare myself for it."
Tammy was bracing herself to the sight of a stillborn baby and her fear turned real when the baby was born without a heartbeat on April 26, 2016.
Recalling the tough time, Tammy adds, "I was devastated. The thought of having to bury another child was physically painful. Until then there had been a tiny part of me that hadn't given up hope."
After a little stimulation, the baby let out a tiny whimper and was immediately rushed to the emergency for special care. The baby boy, who they had named Jesse, was just 4 lbs and was put on the ventilator. Jesse seemed to have inherited his mother's strength and in a mere three days, he was breathing on his own. He was discharged from the hospital after three weeks.
Jesse has now turned 1 and is meeting all the milestones, thanks to the efforts and determination of his mother.
She says, "I owe his life to that Facebook page that told me what to do and I followed every scrap of information I could find when the doctors had given up."
This Facebook page proved to be a savior for the Smiths. She adds, "To go into delivery being told to prepare for your baby to be still born is horrific, and to come out with a healthy baby is unimaginable."
Here's wishing loads of luck and love to the family!