New Zealand’s rising number of premature babies cost millions in care for uncertain outcomes. Listener writer Sarah Barnett reports on the dramatic early arrival of her daughter and the good hands they found themselves in.
Maggie was born on January 12 this year, by c-section, at 8.58am. Arriving nine weeks early, she weighed 1.67kg (3lbs 11oz) – less than the weight estimate based on her last ultrasound, and considered low even by the standards of babies born two months too soon.
Her hair, which we’d last seen on that ultrasound waving ghostlike, turned out to be black, plastered to her head, and her tiny lungs were getting their first workout as she shrieked into the crowded operating theatre.
She was checked over, bundled up, brought to me for a kiss – long enough to see blue eyes and a pointy ...
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