Going Home from The NICU

When you are expecting a baby you expect to be pregnant for 9 months, have a normal delivery and be home 2-3 days later.  But sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control that is not always the case.  Jennifer was one of those moms, expecting a normal delivery, but instead found herself delivering Baby Kellan at 33 weeks when her water broke. An emergency c-section to save Baby Kellan and mom’s life was necessary because she developed preeclampsia.”

Jennifer Sweetman

Preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop. It is marked by high blood pressure and a high level of protein in the urine. Preeclamptic women will often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears during the second half of pregnancy, often in the latter part of the second or in the third trimesters, although it can occur earlier http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/preeclampsia-eclampsia) .  

Kalen was 4 lbs 2 oz and then dropped his weight to under 4 lbs due to the prematurity of his lungs.  He was not able to come home until he gained his 4 lbs again.  This is not what Jennifer expected after recuperating from her own unexpected surgery.  But the day came for her to  bring baby Kellan home.  In Jennifer’s words she stated, ” I remember holding Kellan for the 1st time without tubes & wires. (What a crazy feeling that was–felt like I was going to set an alarm off for moving more than a foot with him.) He was just over 4lbs. We were getting ready to be discharged from the NICU.  And I am not afraid to admit that I was scared beyond belief!”

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This is just one mom’s trials of the NICU.  Baby Kellan was only in the NICU 10 days due to the fact that their hospital was not equipped to handle a longer stay for babies in the NICU.    He should have stayed a little longer because after discharge he developed many issues with feeding.  Jennifer drives 3 hours each way to get specialized treatment and care for Kellan.

This is just one of the reasons for The Gift of Life Event on September 13, 2014.  This event is not just a reason to get dressed up, have good food and entertainment with a chance to get a celebrity’s autograph.  Those are all good reasons to come out and have a great time.  You can’t beat the price a nice dinner, entertainment and celebrity encounters.  But know that with that,  your ticket purchases and your donations will go towards the needs of the NICU( Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and the making of the movie A Story of Faith,  The Movie will be based on the experience of the NICU   and will offer support to parents and healthcare workers during this critical time through a love story and a journey of faith.

To learn more about the event visit our website at http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

To purchase tickets go to our event website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

We hope to see you there !

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

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