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Readers Respond: How Long was Your Baby in the NICU?

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Updated May 29, 2009

NICU babies need to meet certain milestones before they can be discharged from the hospital. Parents wonder when they can bring their baby home, but doctors usually can't give a definite answer. Talking to other NICU parents can help moms and dads cope with having a baby in the hospital. How early was your baby? How long did your baby stay in the NICU? What were some of the roadblocks to discharge you faced? Share Your Stories

31 weeks

My baby came on Valentines Day, she is in the NICU for now for a few weeks. Soon I have to go home. It's hard to leave her. I will be back every evening, but I wish I could take her home.
—Guest mware

Bleeding at baby shower

This is my first pregancy and during my baby shower I started bleeding and was rushed in to the hospital at 34wks pregnant. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and placenta abruption. A c-section was done a week later. My baby was born healthy thanks God. He weighed 4lbs and stayed in nicu for 21 days. I'm planning to go for a vbac for second pregnancy, ;)
—Guest Ana

34 weeks 2 days

My lb was born at 34 wks 2 days and weighed 3lb 8oz. I was originally going to be induced around wk 37 as I had a high pi so I had already had steroid injections incase the hospital wished to induce me earlier. However on 27/7/13, I started bleeding heavily and was rushed to hospital, it turned out I had had a placenta abruption which meant my placenta had come away from the wall causing internal bleeding. The drs said if they never had got my son out within the minute we both could have died. I had to have 2 blood transfusions but I'm glad to say we both made it :) my lb was in nicu for 13 days, tube fed for 1 day and then straight in to bottles. He is now 8 wks old and doing so well
—Guest Dennie's mummy

25-week gestation, 86 days in NICU

I abruptly went into labour 25 weeks into my first pregnancy with no apparent cause. Due to cord prolapse when my water broke, my son was born by emerg c-section. Weighed 820grams (1lb 13 0oz). There were lots of complications - hemorraging in his brain, immature lungs requiring respirator, a lung infection, PDA valve open, heart murmur. At one point the physicians had "the talk" with me about just how sick my baby was and their concerns that he might not pull through. Now he's an amazingly healthy, typically developing 4 1/2 year old! Miraculously there have been no long term complications or health challenges as a result. My second child was born at 37 weeks and did spend 5 days in the NICU due to concerns about her small size (4lb 9oz), abnormal blood sugar levels, and poor initial feeding but that admission was a total cakewalk compared to the first!!
—Guest Tricia

33 Weeks

I gave birth to two infant newborn twins. The hospital was really weird to me, I delivered and the doctor ordered a psych consult. It came into my room 7 minutes after I was wheeled into the recovery room, and declared I was speaking in psychosis and was unfit to see my children or hold them. Then the hospital released my infants after 2 days of being born to a foreign foster family... I feel really weird about the infants being released from intensive care after 33 weeks gestation and being only there for 2 days. I feel like they just did something extremely illegal to me.
—Lightyearllama

1st baby brother

My mother just gave birth last Aug 19 2013, my newborn brother weighted 1.75lbs. My mother gave birth at a birthing clinic so since my brother was premature he was rushed to the hospital right away to be incubated. It's his day 1 in the NICU, but the doctor said he's doing fine.
—Guest guest von

Duration in NICU

Our sweet daughter was born at 28.5 weeks. On June 3 my water broke and I was immediately taken to the er. Thanks to God, an amazing husband, & dedicated staff, I was able to receive the surfactant for my unborn babies lungs and the care I needed to not deliver until the 11th of June. Madisyn weighed only 2.12 lbs and was 15 in long. She was on a vent for just 1 day and the cannula for the next several weeks. She was discharged from the NICU 2 days shy of her 2 month mark. Other complications she had/has were/are a stage 1 brain bleed, apnea and Brady's, ROP (also stage 1), and two heart murmurs - all of which the drs state she will most likely overcome by age 1. I encourage any parents with their child/children in the NICU to ask a million questions. My husband & I found it very comforting having our many many questions answered (along with literature in some cases), because let's face it, we're all terrified of the unknown. Maddy is our little miracle and we truly are blessed.
—Guest Madisyns mom

28 Weeks

My waters broke at 28 weeks. They left me for three days until they finally decided to get him after knowing a infection had started to set in. I had a c-section on Monday 12 aug 13. He weighed 2pound 9 oz. He's in nicu breathing by himself just having a drip to give him his feeds but he's doing really well considering the situation.
—Guest Jessica

Still Pregnant

I am 29 weeks pregnant, and have been in the hospital with 'real' contractions twice now. I've had the steroid shots and have been on bedrest for 2 weeks. I'm already dilated to a 1. The nurses say I will probably deliver around 32 weeks... I am hoping to keep him in longer. They say to prepare for him to be in the NICU until his due date... But he got the steroid shots and he's always been a little bigger than most his age and... I hope to take him home within a month.
—Guest Pookie

26 weeks 6 days

I delivered my sweet baby girl on May 9, 2013. She weighed 1lb 3oz after being admitted to the hospital due to low placenta and heavy bleeding Mollie Irie made her grand enterance. Mollie was only on the vent for a few hours then put on the cpap. After maybe 3 weeks they removed cpap and put her on the nasal cannula. Then shortly after that I walked in her room and the cpap was back. So now we've been back on cpap for about 5weeks. Her o2 that she is receiving is on about 26% so hopefully she'll be off of that in a few days. She has not began taking a bottle yet but the nurses' are convinced that once they put a bottle to her mouth that she would suck immediately because she does very well with her passie while feeds are going in. Today July 9th we're still here and hopefully she'll be coming home soon. Mollie's current weight is 4lbs 3oz.
—Guest Whitney

Twins born at 31 weeks 2 days

My boy/girl twins were just born on 6/28/13. They were just 31 weeks 2 days gestational age. They were 3lbs 8 oz and 3 lbs 4 oz. they did not have to be in a ventilator, just minimal oxygen support which is great I am told. I am told they could stay as long as their due date, Aug. 28th which would be two months. We are hoping to have them home well before that. All reports have been positive... We'll see what happens
—Guest Tom

micro preemie born @ 28 weeks

Jax was born at 28 weeks. I was in labor for a week and the doctors tried everything to stop the birth. He was born on 5/28/12. We stayed in the nicu for 55 days, he had a double hernia surgery and a circumcision the day before discharge. He came home without any monitors @ 35 weeks 6 days gestational age. He weighed 4lbs. 11oz. He has done great since, I work with him everyday. He is right on track with his adjusted age and on track with speech and weight in his actual age.
—Guest jax's mom

Born at 31 weeks 6 days

My little peanut Kenley was born at 31 weeks & 6 days, so basically 8 weeks early. I developed HELPP syndrome at 31 weeks and they monitored me for a week in the hospital before deciding to do a C-Section. Kenley spent exactly 30 days in the hospital and was able to come home the Saturday before Thanksgiving. She needed a C-pap for the first 24 hrs of life but no other respitory assistance after that. Kenley was on a feeding tube for about 3 weeks and she came home on an apnea monitor which we used for another month. Now she's 7 months old and although she is small fror her age, she is tough and right on track developmentally.
—Guest Emily

10 days!

My water broke at 31 weeks, bed rest for 3 weeks and baby #3 or first boy, was born at 34 wks 5 days at 15 lbs 14oz and 18in long! He stayed in NICU for 10 days! Thanks be to Jesus! Nothing is possible without Him! Baby is good, Pray and seek Jesus, give thanks in all situations! Baby is now 20weeks 4 days old/16 weeks 6 days old adjusted! :):)
—Guest Nani J.

27 weeks 6 days

My daughter, Carlee, was in the NICU for 6 weeks 5 days! She was 2lbs 15oz at birth and 4 lbs 14 oz at discharge! She is now home and approaching her due date!!
—Guest Lacey Cozza

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