Thoughts about viability and micropreemies

Here’s a link to the Five Sticks of Butter blog about micropreemies and calling them “viable” at a certain point. This was a very difficult time for us, when we were at 21 weeks and 6 days of gestation, and the doctor told us we had a 50-50 chance of making it to 24 weeks, at which time the baby would have a 50-50 chance of survival.


3 thoughts on “Thoughts about viability and micropreemies

  1. Thanks for linking to my post. I went back and read every post you have done to date and loved them all. You describe the journey of the NICU so well that I felt transported back there. I wish you lived in Alaska, I have a feeling our families would be fast friends.


    P.S. Loved the line about not being Russian.

    1. Hi Christina,
      Alaska, wow! I have been there three times. At which hospital did you have all this NICU work done? I was amazed by the number of Alaskans we encountered in the waiting room at Swedish in Seattle. It was more of a shock for them than us — the mother would have trouble before 28 weeks, and boom, you’re stuck in Seattle for a really long time.

  2. Providence has a NICU with an amazing track record for taking care of micropreemies — and they just opened a new unit where every baby has their own room. I was on the parent advisory board when they were building the unit (we worked on things like what a parent REALLY wanted on a status wipe board). Providence also has a fair number of displaced families because it treats babies from all across the state, so I understand completely meeting people who were “stuck” away from home.

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