Touch-and-go for baby Ward
Dad shares the moving story of his tiny baby’s precarious first year.
A grateful father has created a moving video to celebrate his son’s first year of life. Not only was the video created as a keepsake, but Benjamin Miller also wanted to say thank you to all of the medical professionals who work so hard at providing care for premature babies.

Ward Miller was born three and a half months premature, almost unimaginably early. Even with sophisticated medical treatments a preemie born so young is vulnerable to all sorts of health challenges. As Benjamin notes, without this care, his son would never have made it home.

Born weighing just a few hundred grams, Ward spent 107 days in NICU before being able to go home to his mom for the first time.

Watch this wonderful celebration of a premature baby success story:

Ward Miles First Year: Official, via Youtube/Benjamin Miles

Preemie baby tips

You can’t always predict if your baby will be born pre-term, but it is helpful to know what to expect, just in case it does happen. Sometimes expectant parents leave the organisation of certain birth aspects until the last minute.

Pack a hospital bag with all of the things you may need, and have a list of the things you would want to take. Even if this is done months early, it can be updated.

You’ll probably have already checked your medical insurance to see what it covers in pre-birth care, such as scans and specialist visits, but consider also asking how much cover a premature baby would get, or a baby born with a condition requiring medical care.

If you have other children, ensure that you have friends or family who will be able to help out in the event that you have a preemie. If you need to stay in hospital for a longer period, you’ll need help with your kids.

Check to see if the hospital allows boarders: If your baby has to stay in hospital you may want to stay over too. Some hospitals don’t allow this, some do and some will charge a fee. It can be very difficult if your child is in hospital for weeks or months, especially if you don’t live anywhere near the hospital. Some B+Bs and self-catering places near to hospitals charge reduced rates for relatives of long/mid-term patients.

If your relative, colleague or friend has a preemie, do remember to make a fuss over the baby! An early delivery sometimes means that baby showers get cancelled or forgotten.

What are your top tips for parents of preemies?

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