January 28, 2023

ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Baby Born The Same Weight As A Jar, Mom Share Her Tiny Daughter’s Fɪɢʜᴛ For Life

ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Baby Born The Same Weight As A Jar, Mom Share Her Tiny Daughter’s Fɪɢʜᴛ For Life

Stephanie, a housekeeper from British Columbia, Canada, has suffered two ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs in the past and was monitored closely throughout her pregnancy.

Stephanie Banman gave birth at just 27 weeks and tiny Hailey – who weighed juts 1lb 2oz – was given little chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ. But she defied the odds – and is now giving hope to other parents of ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ babies via the social media site.

Stephanie said: “Hailey is very strong, which helps me be strong too. She’s becoming quite the little diva and handles all her tests and procedures very well. At first, I documented her progress online to keep family and friends updated, as we aren’t allowed many visitors. Then I realised a lot of parents are going through similar experiences and I felt this was a way to give them hope.”

At her 18 weeks sᴄᴀɴ, however, doctors discovered her baby was about two weeks behind where she should have been, growth-wise. Doctors ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ their unborn baby with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) – the poor growth of a foetus inside the womb.

In Hailey’s case, the condition is thought to have been caused by the lack of ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ flow from the placenta which, in turn, robbed her of vital nutrients.

“I was told it was nothing I’d done wrongI’d been eating healthily and taking all the vitamins I was told to, but there was nothing that could have prevented this. The placenta just wasn’t doing its job delivering nutrients to my baby.”said Stephanie

From there, Stephanie returned to hospital for weekly ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅs. Hᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢʟʏ, after each one, doctors cautioned her that her daughter may have ᴅɪᴇᴅ by the next appointment. Stephanie added: “Nobody wants to be told that their child might not sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. It was very hard to take, but I kind of knew that she would be okay because I felt her move a lot.”

Then in July, during a 27 week ultrasound, doctors noticed the fluid surrounding Stephanie’s unborn child had ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ Fʟᴏᴡ ʜᴀᴅ ᴡᴏʀsᴇɴᴇᴅ. She was admitted to Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, and ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ with steroids in a Fʀᴀɴᴛɪᴄ ʙɪᴅ to develop Hailey’s lungs, giving her the best chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ. Over the next few days, she stayed in the hospital ᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ ʀᴇɢᴜʟᴀʀ sᴛᴇʀᴏɪᴅs.But, while the ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ flow to Hailey improved, the fluid surrounding her kept draining away until eventually just a tiny pocket remained. When the the baby’s heart rate plummeted, doctors decided to ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛᴇ

On July 16, Stephanie Hailey was born through a Cᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.

She recalled: “Hailey came out ᴄʀʏɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ, which nobody expected. It was really amazing seeing her for the first time. I didn’t think someone so small and Fʀᴀɢɪʟᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴏᴜᴛsɪᴅᴇ the womb.”Weighing just 1lb 2oz (524g), Hailey was immediately taken to neonatal intensive care, where she remains to this day.

“It could be sooner or later, it just depends on how everything goes, In neonatal intensive care, every day is a new day and nothing is guaranteed. But Hailey is very feisty. She is a miracle.”said Stephanie.


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