Here is a story -- my own! I was born at the 25th week of pregnancy, in October, when I was due in January! I spent almost eight months at Sainte-Justine UHC. During my stay, I underwent surgery to close off my arterial canal, and I had slight intercranial bleeding. I summoned my courage and fought back. Now I’m a healthy adult and a student, and I have no lasting effects from my prematurity. Yes, I’m very happy to be alive and take advantage of every minute of life. Some time ago, I went to the neonatology unit to see the preemies in their incubators. I wanted to see what the reality was, my reality. Thank you, Préma-Québec, for having been there for my parents, but also for the children who need you so badly.
- Michaël, born at 25 weeks
I’m the mother of Mathieu and Émile, two miracle babies awaited for 10 years, who decided to show up after only 28 weeks of pregnancy. We went through a roller coaster of emotions, including panic and the fear of losing our precious babies. I told myself that I hadn’t managed to keep them in my belly long enough, and I wondered what I could or shouldn’t have done to make it happen. Our friends and relatives sent us congratulations, but I didn’t feel like celebrating. I found the words to talk about my experience when I attended a Préma-Québec coffee hour. We spent 101 days at the neonatology department, and I went to four of those meetups. Every time, I received comfort and encountered a sympathetic ear. My babies are now seven and a half months old (four and a half corrected age) and they’re doing well.