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Why isn't there a category for preemies? -3 or -4 months to age 0?

My son was born at 26 weeks and I feel moms of preemies should have a place, too.

 
JZ10FPM

Asked by JZ10FPM at 3:08 PM on Feb. 4, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • "Because although they are born early, once they are born they are newborns... "
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    Comparing a severely premature baby to a full term newborn is like saying a child with special needs is just like every other child. Yeah, they still need the same things as every other child, and then more. And people who aren't raising a special needs child wouldn't really be able to answer questions about those specific needs...and the same goes for preemies.

    OP...I can't imagine what you've gone through!! My son was 34 weeks and that was hard enough! 26 weeks is terrifying!!
    brandyj

    Answer by brandyj at 4:08 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • That's a great idea, OP! You should suggest it to Cafemom... I agree with you. :)
    brandyj

    Answer by brandyj at 4:03 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • http://sidelines.org/


    This is a website for high risk pregnancies and premature births, so there are many women on there with whom you can relate.  Best Wishes!


     

    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 3:27 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • DD was born one day short of 30 weeks.... I would love to see a preemie section too! I think it's a great idea. It is not just as easy as dealing with a full term healthy newborn.
    BansheeQueen

    Answer by BansheeQueen at 5:16 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • I don't think we need a whole category in Answers dedicated to premature infants, but there are several groups here to look into, if you haven't already...


    http://www.cafemom.com/groups/find.php?keyword=preemie


     

    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 3:36 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • A preemie is most definitely NOT a newborn. They have 2 ages, their gestational/corrected age and their calender age. They are "corrected" by doctors until they reach 2 years of age.

    For example, when looking at milestones, my son was not expected to be at 1 year milestones until his calender age was 15 months. Since he was 3 months early, he was at that time, 'on par' with a baby 3 months younger(by way of the calender).

    For example, only a mom of a baby born before 33 weeks' gestation would ask the question: "Why doesn't my baby have any nipples?" ... I'm betting all *term* newborns are born with theirs. Likewise, I'd wager that most *term* newborns pretty much know how to do the "breathe, suck, swallow thing" and don't have to hang out in the hospital until the docs are convinced (s)he will be able to feed adequately at home. I don't know many *term* newborns that came home with O2 or an apnea monitor, either.
    JZ10FPM

    Comment by JZ10FPM (original poster) at 1:42 AM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • Because although they are born early, once they are born they are newborns...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 3:13 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Your baby isn't a negative month. As soon as they are born, they are newborns, you don't celebrate their birthday when they were suppose to be born do you?

    As for a section for preemies, it is a good idea, some moms might have questions o ly those who have delt with preemies themselves would know
    BabyBugsmama

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 3:16 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

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