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21 weeks While most doctors and hospitals consider 24 weeks gestation viability, many micro preemies are surviving and thriving after being born even earlier. 21 weeks, 4 days is the exact gestation of the baby you’ll meet today. The word miracle definitely comes to mind, as does the word RockStar. In fact, her mom, Courtney, […]

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Going to Term Is it possible to have a full term baby after giving birth to a preemie? Many women ask this question often, and the answer is not always clear. Each pregnancy is different,  and reasons for a premature birth are different too. Some conditions happen only once, while others are a risk for […]

The post Going to Term after a Preemie: Violet’s Story appeared first on Shann Eva's Blog.

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Anxiety With recent happenings, my anxiety has gotten worse. I’ve suffered for over 20 years, and I thought I’d finally had everything under control. Well, as good as you can be with anxiety. However, one little (or big) thing can change everything when it comes to this condition. I say condition because I believe it […]

The post It’s not You, It’s Me…and My Anxiety appeared first on Shann Eva's Blog.

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Choosing a Name When my twins came at 25 weeks, 5 days, a name was the last thing on my mind. I was so concerned with their health during the pregnancy, I didn’t take the time to do many of the things expectant mothers do. No baby shower, no bump pictures, and no name books. […]

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Accident Yesterday started off as a typical Wednesday. The morning rush to get dressed, eat, and out the door for summer school. I even packed up my car with some things to return and drop off while the kids were occupied. Everything was going smoothly, until it wasn’t. An accident. The Short Version After dropping […]

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Different Emotions From fear to anger, it is completely normal to experience a wide range of different emotions when your baby is fighting for their life in the NICU. Strange as it may sound, the first emotion I experienced after my babies were born was relief. I was so happy that they were both born […]

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Two NICU Journeys When you have twins, you have two of everything. Unfortunately, with a premature birth, that means two NICU journeys. Even though they were born at the same gestation, my twins also had two NICU journeys that were very different from each other. They were born at different weights, which added to the […]

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Blame When your baby is born premature, it’s easy to blame yourself. After all, it is your body where that baby was supposed to keep growing. I couldn’t understand why my twins had developed TTTS/SIUGR and why my placenta wasn’t enough to feed them both. I tried to do everything right during my pregnancy, yet […]

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June 2018 It’s June 2018. Do you know what that means?! There is exactly one week of school left. One week!!!! How did this happen. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting the boys’ teachers, touring their classroom, and waiting patiently for the bus to come on that first day of school. Which it […]

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Family Story When I first received the email from Nicole about her experience with premature birth, she called the journey their “family story.” I really loved that description because it is absolutely true. While the actual pregnancy and delivery directly involve the mother, a premature birth, and the circumstances surrounding it, affect the entire family. […]

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