Emaan, A Preemie Born at 30 Weeks

Emaan, a 30 week preemie, shortly after birth.
Emaan, a 30 week preemie, shortly after birth. Image courtesy of Mrs. Madiha Mudassar

I received this preemie story via email from About Preemies reader Mrs. Madiha Mudassa, whose baby was born almost 2 1/2 months early when Mrs. Mudassa went into preterm labor. Baby Emaan is now healthy and home with her family - be sure to view all 3 pictures of this beautiful little girl.

I got pregnant after a 1 & 1/2 year struggle of trying to conceive. When my home pregnancy test turned out positive...

I can't explain how happy I was. Everything was going superb. I was consulting the doctor every month. I was 29 weeks and 1 day pregnant when, at my routine check up, my doctor told me after a vaginal examination that my baby was very deep in the pelvis and there was bleeding as well. He told me I might have to go for preterm delivery as soon as possible to save my baby's life. It was such terrible news for me. I never thought anything like this would happen to me.

I was immediately admitted to the hospital. I stayed there for 2 days while they were checking my baby's heart rate and checking to see if I was having any contractions. The doctor told me I was having mild contractions and that they could prevent my preterm delivery. I was a bit relaxed, then but not really because I had a long period ahead and I knew that I might not make it up to 40 weeks of pregnancy. The doctor gave me steroid shots for my baby's lungs to get mature so that she can breathe if she was delivered earlier.

I was discharged from the hospital after 2 days.

Five days later, at night I started getting contractions. That was such a horrible time that I can never forget it. I started bleeding heavily. I rushed to hospital with my husband, and meanwhile I was continuously praying for my baby's life and health!

I reached the hospital at 5:00 AM. The doctor told me I was dilating and getting very good contractions and they can no longer stop my delivery. I was exactly 30 weeks pregnant then. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at 8:00 am on the 31st of May, 2011.

I got just a minute to see my baby and they immediately sent her to the NICU. I saw my baby after 2 days when I was OK to walk myself due to stitches. I was told that she was exactly 2.2 pounds (1 kg) and that she was IUGR, which means her growth was restricted as well and she wasn't growing in the womb as she should be. I never thought my baby would be as tiny as she was then. She was on the ventilator for 23 days, in an incubator for 22 days, and in a crib for about 5 days. This all makes up exactly 50 days.

When my baby was discharged from the hospital she weighed only 4.1 pounds (1.9 kg). Now after about 3 weeks she is 6 pounds (2.7 kg), Thanks to God! She is doing fine Alhamdulillah. She has no problems and no more low weight. She is still like a newborn but we are hopeful that she will be a superb lady in the future :D

At the end, all I want to say is that miracles do happen in this world! We named our little angel EMAAN ZAHRA, which means faith. She really makes us have faith in God always. Now all I am worried about, like every preemie mom, is will she be as normal as a full-term baby in her life? May God help us!

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