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
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
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?