To raise more awareness about prematurity in support of the world premature day, I have decided to share a bit more about Joseph's premature birth. I remember just like it was yesterday my son’s premature birth. We planned Joseph’s pregnancy because we wanted a sibling for Joy so that the close social interaction will help her a lot because her learning disability. Throughout Joseph’s pregnancy I was placed on consultant care because doctors felt that my chances of having a child with downs syndrome again was high. So I had lots of scans and checks. As a dedicated christian, prayers and supplications were not left out of my daily life. Everything went well until my six month when I developed a serious urine infection. After I was discharged from hospital and back home, my baby bump started to over-grow like I was having twins, a condition called Polyhydramnios. It is a medical condition describing an excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. The effect of this condition includes breathlessness and premature labour. Approximately two months to my due date, my waters suddenly broke while I was doing some household chores. It was almost unbelievable that I thought I might be having a miscarriage of some sort.
I was taken into city hospital in Nottingham in an ambulance. I was then given some injections that was capable to delaying my labour in order to better my baby's chances of being born closer to his due date. Well, after 3 days in hospital, Joe was delivered through an emergency C-section because I was in such an excruciating pain that doctors felt my life could be in danger if the operation wasn't carried out immediately. I was given full anesthetic so I didn't witness when Joe was delivered if you know what I mean. Doctors told me that he wasn't breathing when they brought him out and they had to resuscitate him.