This is my gorgeous little miracle Peyton she was born at 25 weeks and 3 days after my waters broke at 18 weeks.
I woke up one morning to find myself in a puddle of water, I called my doctor’s and they saw me straight away. The doctor I saw said he thought my waters had broke so he sent me to hospital after he called them and explained my situation.
When I got to hospital I was moved 5 times. I started off in a children’s ward as I was 17 years old, I was then finally taken to a gynecologist. She saw to me and straight away said she thought it was just normal discharge and sent me home! I asked for a scan to just see if everything was okay and she refused. So I asked to hear the baby’s heartbeat and again she refused.
“When I got to hospital I was moved 5 times. I started off in a children’s ward as I was 17 years old, I was then finally taken to a gynecologist.”
Then at 20 weeks I started bleeding so they booked me in to an early scan the following Monday and that’s when it came to light that I had lost all of my waters. I was put in to a ward where I had to stay in for a few days and I was given the option to terminate the pregnancy or carry on but risk the whole pregnancy and future pregnancies. Both me and my partner chose to carry on as I had a healthy baby growing inside me with a heartbeat.
After 3 days in hospital I was sent home to go on bed rest until I gave birth. Throughout those 5 weeks I had more bleeding but there was nothing they could do, so I just had to stay on bed rest and hope my waters would build back up.
At 25 weeks I woke up in agony and feeling sick, my sister took me to hospital and that’s when they told me I was having contractions. As I was only 25 weeks I was transferred to another hospital over an hour away from home as my hospital couldn’t deliver babies under 27 weeks.
At 25 weeks and 3 days I was induced, but I also caught an infection whilst in labour, which Peyton caught as well.
She was born weighing 1lbs 15oz, and had many health problems but after a long 4.5 months, and 2 different hospitals she was finally allowed home but on oxygen. She needed the oxygen for another 5 months.
Peyton is now a happy 14 month old who is still very small weighing 15lbs 4oz and is only in 0-3 months clothes, but she is doing amazing! She’s crawling, talking and standing.
Story submitted by Shannon Jackson