Baby Naomi was born 15 weeks premature which meant that her parents weren’t allowed to hold her at first, but an amazing team of intensive care nurses managed to eventually get the tiny baby into her mother’s arms.
Pregnancy can be as terrifying as it is exciting, and having a baby born prematurely can be a very scary experience. Thankfully, however, with today’s technology and fantastic hospital staff, there is lots that can be done to help premature babies such as baby Naomi.
Naomi was born at 15 weeks premature, and weighed only 12.86 ounces. Pictures taken by her dad show exactly how small she really was, with her being able to fit easily in the palm of his hand…
Due to her being so premature, Naomi’s parents weren’t allowed to hold her, instead only being able to occasionally gently touch her as she lay in her crib filled with machinery working to keep her alive.
Every parent looks forward to the moment that they can hold their child in their arms for the first time, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for the family seeing their baby in such a condition.
The images that the parents shared online show the insane amount of machinery that had to be used to keep little Naomi alive and growing healthily.
Fortunately, however, Naomi’s mother Angela didn’t have to wait as long as expected before she was able to hold her precious child.
Just two weeks after Naomi was born, Angela was allowed to hold her child, and she was very excited (and understandably nervous) to do so!
As the couple’s touching video about Naomi’s journey explains, most hospitals would not allow for a child in Naomi’s condition to be held so early; however, a fantastic team of eight NICU staff were able to transfer baby Naomi from her crib to her mother’s embrace.
The staff taking the time and effort to make baby Naomi’s parents so happy is truly touching, they should be very proud of the amazing work that they do on a daily basis!
There really is nothing like a mother’s embrace! The video also explains that, ‘Holding a premature baby skin-to-skin is known as ‘kangaroo care’. Naomi’s doctors and nurses believe that kangaroo care was critical to her growth and healing.’
And it wasn’t long until Naomi’s father was also able to hold their miracle baby.
From then on, the staff helped Angela and Michael to hold their baby Naomi almost every day from then on for the entire duration of the 128 days that she was in the NICU.
The contact with her parents must surely have been a massive benefit to her healing and growth, as the love of a parent is a uniquely special thing!
Little Naomi thankfully grew into a perfectly healthy, beautiful child much to her parent’s relief.
Those 128 days must have been nerve-wracking for the couple, but their patience and dedication thankfully paid off as Naomi is now ‘a happy little girl who loves cuddles and kisses!’
What a wonderfully uplifting story!
Sadly, not all premature babies are as fortunate as little Naomi, but this should serve as hope for prospective parents that while there can be problems in life, there is always hope that things will turn out well in the end.