A new set of guidelines has come out for the resuscitation of preemies, and it means a huge deal to families such as ours. It provides more hope that preemies born in the 22nd week can get treatment.
Shortly before our son was born at 22 weeks and 6 days of gestation, the on-call neonatologist told us that they had a rule at the hospital that babies should not be resuscitated before 23 weeks and 0 days. “I don’t recommend that babies should be intubated at this stage because the results are so poor. If you give birth after midnight, I’ll be the one who comes and treats him, but my heart won’t fully be in it.” This caused us considerable stress, wondering “Is he going to show up?” He did, the birth occurred at 11:20 p.m., and he “rounded up” and saved our first and only son.
In the weeks and months after the birth, I kept thinking, “Can he really do that?” That is, refuse to treat a child when the parents want it, knowing that withholding care will result in the child’s death? Some research in to the topic revealed that yes, he can do that — a physician is not required to provide treatment that he or she views as futile… [Read the rest of this post on PreemieBabies101]
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