Could My Baby Survive

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concerned - March 30

Hi everyone, i was wondering if my baby could survive if born at 25 weeks, i have been having alot of pains that feel like contractions and the hospital are keeping a close eye on me. They are now considering giving me steroid tablets incase the baby is born to soon. Please give advice if you can.

 

ellie - March 30

oh, hunni i wish you all the best. stay positive, stressing is bad for the baby.

 

Hayley - March 30

Hi - I know it's hard but try not to worry. I've read that babies can now survive from 24 weeks so although it will be very small, an incubator can probably simulate the environment of the womb. I think neonatal departments are all very well equipped these days. Good luck and let us know how you get on x

 

Q - March 30

Hi! Yes the baby could survive. However, he or she may have to stay in the hospital for quite some time. Go on the march of dimes web site. They have a lot of info on premature births. Good luck!!!

 

D - March 30

One of my friends has a 10 year old who was born at 23 weeks. He had to stay in a neonatal unit for 3 months, and has had some respiratory and developmental delay issues. Now, he seems to be normal!

 

Cat - March 30

I have read that at this stage the baby has a 85% chance of survival

 

concerned - March 30

thank you for all your advice, its nice to have people to talk to, i will let you all know how things go, thanks again love and kisses to you all.

 

Lynn - March 30

Recently their has been talk about this issue. In the Uk they're conservative and they have not decided on this matter. In the Netherlands it has been decided to not a__sist babies born earlier than week 25. Babies born after this week will be given treatment. The study shows that this is the line where quality of life is at. Before 25 weeks the baby has a lot to overcome, and yes there has been miracle babies but for the most of them it has been a life of disabilities and major health issues. Now, I am not a dr but when I watched this report on the BBC it made me even more a believer that sometimes we do interfere with God's will. I remember this lady from Texas (i believe it was Texas, about ten years ago...) she was pregnant with 9 babies due IFV and the dr had adviced to limit the amount of babies to 3 or so. But this lady said, no God wants me to have these babies and how can I take their lifes. I thought to myself, ( no offense to anybody ttc or with fertility problems.. ) but you interfered with God's will as soon as you started to harvest those eggs..... Is it ok to save a life at whatever the cost....? Personally I would not put my baby thru a life full of health problems and medical treatments. And I can say this because that's how I grew up. I went to the hospital every month from age 1 to age 10. I remember all the horror I had to go thru and the fun stuff I was missing out of. And to this day my health problems make me different then other people and I am forced to live my life a certain way. I hate it and I wish I was free like everybody else....

 

Misty - March 30

I'm sorry for what you had to go through, I would never wish it on anyone and I pray that I will never have to make that decision with my child. You missed out on a lot of things and that makes your life difficult, but aren't you glad that you have the ability to experience some of the wonderfull things that life has to offer?

 

concerned - March 30

If the baby is born too soon, i hope the hospital will do what they can to help my baby. I had a miscarriage 3 years ago at 21 weeks and the hospital could not do anything to help him. I would hate to go through all that again. I lost a huge part of my heart when i lost that baby, god only knows how i will feel this time, thanks agin for all the advice.

 

jackie - March 30

my thoughts are with you and your baby, please let us know how you get on.

 

La Rae - March 30

Oh man! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your unborn child. I have no advice for you other than to tell you to remain as calm as you can, and if you believe in prayer, ask everyone you know and then some to pray for you and your baby. I am sure you will have a lot of prayer support just from the ladies/men on this board. God Bless you! Please keep us informed.

 

Lynn - March 30

To Misty; sure I'm glad to experience the good things in life. But would I have known the difference if I would not have survived...? My mom carried me for 40 weeks... So there was no question about premature laber etc... I started developing my health problems later on only because my parents took me on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to some third world country... Anyway, if I would have been a premature baby then I would probably make the choice not to give medical treatment. (yes, this is MY opinion...) To Q; I am not talking about euthanasia. I am talking about interfering with saving a life, not ending a life already lived. If a child is born too early (I mean way too early..) than at what cost will you try and keep that baby alive..? And yes there is a cut off date... they do in the Netherlands, 25 weeks. The studies have shown that this is where children (born before 25 weeks) show major health problems and children born in later weeks have a huge chance to not have those issues. I realize this is a big issue where a lot of people feel different about. And it is hard to explain how one feels... Reading back it may seem that I am bitter, I am not. I have learned thruogh the years that this is my life and yes, there is plenty left to enjoy. But what if I was in that position? Having to decide if my baby has a chance of a life where it can be happy. To concerned; I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you will have a healthy baby this time.But you would hate to go thru that again...? What about the baby you put on this world... what will he or she have to go thru. I am not sure yet if I will be able to have kids, I have not yet found that man... Having to go thru that is really horrible but as a parent you would give your life to save your child... Isn't that the same, letting your baby go so it would not have to suffer??? You will be in my prayers as well as your baby. God will do what's best.. eventhough it sometimes seems that he is wrong. And if you're at 25 weeks already, chances are this will be a baby with a pretty good chance on having a healthy life. As I said, I may sound bitter which I am not.But I do think that God has his plans and I am not sure if were supposed to interfere with that the way we do.....

 

Sonya - March 30

yes, I think it is very possible. My friend had a baby at 24-26 wks(I can't remember) and although he was in the nicu for two months he is developing beautifully. He is now 18 months old. So that is one story with a happy ending. Good luck.

 

Q - March 30

To Lynn: I'm sorry, I may be the only one who feels this way, but I feel you are completely out of line. I am not one to start stuff with people on this web site, but I think your posts are completely innapropriate. Please take into account concerned's feelings when writting your personal opinion on a subject that should have never been brought up on this thread. To concerned: As a parent of a premie, I understand your concern. I'm sorry you have to read remarks about whether or not to keep you baby alive. That breaks my heart. You shouldn't have to read about that. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you things are going to be peachy, but I'm sure you'll find strength to make whatever decisions you need to in the next few weeks. Here's hoping that your baby decides to stay in there a few more months.......

 

))))) - March 31

good luck, and let us know how you get on.

 

Bump - March 31

Bump

 

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