They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed. - Psalms 22:5
God's Miracle of Sebastian

Your Questions Answered

» What Rob and Taylor did
» Complications during pregnancy
» Labor and delivery
» After your baby is born
» Taking your baby home

What Rob and Taylor did

Bedrest
Once our son was led to the kanalen website, we studied and Taylor began to follow many of their suggestions, including 24/7 bedrest

Diet specifics
Healthy, daily orange juice and yogurt, lots of veggies, bran

Cleanliness
Cannot be overemphasized, clean sheets, clean bed pads, clean towels, clean hands

Water
Almost cannot over do. Drank 8, 8oz bottles each day

Activities
Visit Sidelines.org for suggestions
Taylor read, watched movies, napped, worked from home

Home or hospital
Some stress immediate hospitalization. Taylor seemed to thrive at home in familiar territory with loved ones until it was too dangerous to remain at home.

Steroid shots
Study about these. Taylor did take them.

Trust God
Our verse we prayed continually was: "They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed." Read Sebastian's entire story at no cost.

Complications during pregnancy

Contractions
Contractions mean labor might be eminent. Stay still and call your doctor. Labor can be delayed and every moment your baby remains inside is moment of advantage.

Bleeding
Bleeding can occur for any number of reasons. Call your doctor, but this does not necessarily mean you need to terminate or deliver. Please read our story March 31 and April 1 entries.

Hospital stays
Taylor was rushed to the hospital on several occasions and was sent home after the complication subsided. The last time she remained because it was so close to expected delivery.

Labor and delivery

Can happen quickly
Labor and delivery can occur very quickly and is essential that excellent medical people be there.

Continuing nay sayers
Nay sayers may continue to speak up.

Doctors in room, actions
Expect lots of doctors doing lots of things you may not understand. Twelve were there when Sebastian was born.

After your baby is born

Baptism
Because of the high risk, you may want to arrange for immediate baptism. Sebastian was baptized right after birth.

Ventilator
Your baby will likely be put on a ventilator immediately.

Billirubin
Your baby may be kept under a light in the Nicu to normalize his billirubin

Blood gasses
You will be told blood gas numbers that can be alarming.

Casts and constrictions
Plaster casts may be fitted for your baby even when he is only days old to correct problems.

Pneumothorax
A pneumothorax is potentially dangerous situation in which a collection of air or gas in the space surrounding the lungs occurs- it is most likely resulting from the ventilator.

Visits
• Be super germ conscious and make sure all others including medical people are too.
• Expect to see all sorts of tubes as your baby is in his incubator. Find out what all the numbers and tubes mean – it is helpful.
• Love your baby, sing to him, hold his tiny hand, kiss him if you can

Holding your baby
This may not happen for some time.

Feeding
Breast feeding is out, but pumping is in. The hospital will help you with this. Your baby may not each much for a long time. Remember his first experience of something going in his mouth was not good – the ventilator. Speech therapists will help with feeding issues.

Breathing treatments
The hospital will do this and you will learn how to do this.

NICU
Find a high level NICU that can handle your situation.

NICU to step down
Many babies go to a step down unit before they go home. This can last for months so find a good one...get recommendations from the NICU nurses who have cared for your baby.

Therapies
Physical and speech therapies are common. You will learn a lot.

Transfers
Your baby may have to be transferred to different hospitals for different tests. Try to go with him. No one will watch over or care for your baby like you will.

Taking your baby home

Monitor
Be sure you have one that monitors heart and breathing and oxygen saturation levels

Therapists visits
Have a notebook to schedule and keep a record of what happens with each. Make sure therapists wash their hands and are not sick themselves.

Doctors appointments
Your baby may have a pediatrician, a pulmonologist, a gastro doc, an orthopaedic, etc.

Additional Tests
Additional tests may be ordered – sleep studies, barium and modified barium swallow, MRI – use your best judgment

Equipment
Your baby may need oxygen tanks and nose canulas, syringes for meds, overnite feeding bags and stands, monitors for breathing and heart rate, wedges to keep his head up if he has reflux.

Oxygen
Watch this and monitor it.

Overnite feeds
This helps babies get calories they may need that they do not get during the day or that they lose because of reflux.

Siblings
Teach siblings and cousins about this little baby. They are the greatest fans!

Help in your home
Have someone there to help you and/or to be on call for the first year

Return admissions to hospital
It is not unusual for PROM babies to be readmitted to the hospital for infections that settle in their very vulnerable lungs.

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