Update: 15 May 2013
So Sweetgirl is still doing well. She is weak related to her premature delivery and having a hard time getting enough formula intake. The decision was made to place a feeding tube to ensure that she gets adequate nutrition.
Sweetgirl's mom & grandmom came to visit her today. Mom is expressing milk for her and is anxious to breastfeed her.
14 May 2013
A new premie was brought to us this morning. "Sweetgirl" was born last night at home. When we received her she was cold and had not yet eaten. She weighed 2.9 lbs. After a visit to Dr Leandre, we began warming her the old fashioned way, with hot water bottles and blankets. She is eating a few cc's at a time.
May2 was doing well enough to return to her mom. She is much stronger and has already been breast feeding part of the time. We will continue to monitor her closely.
26 September 2012
Update: We have sad news to share about the precious little premie baby we cared for. As you recall from previously, she was the daughter of one of our employees. She did great, ate and gained weight right from the start and went home with her parents after two weeks.
She continued to do well with them, then after a week she developed a cold, which probably compromised her breathing, and caused her to aspirate milk into her lungs. She came back to us with a high fever and was started on IV antibiotics but died after two days. We are reminded about the fragility of life and the need to look to the life eternal when there will be no death, no loss, every tear wiped away.
13 September 2012
Here is a photo of Sharon with a premie baby that she and Faith have been caring for. She was born August 31, weighing 2lb 12oz. She is the daughter of one of our guards and his wife. She is doing very well and drinking up to 40cc at a time. She has gained 3 ounces already.
15 August 2012
Angel went home to be with her family today. Her twin, Julie, went home last week and Angel now weighs 3lb 9oz, which is less than we are usually willing to send a premie home but she is consistently eating 40-60cc and their mom has shown that she is willing and able to help her babies thrive. Their grandma, on the left in the photo below, is a dynamo and is a big help in making sure the twins stay healthy. We have an empty nest again, yay! It is always the goal to get the babies back with their families where they belong. We are just a band-aid.
6 August 2012
The hospital continues to touch lives. We remain humbled and thankful to be a part of what God does here. We had a set of twins born prematurely, 2 pounds 12 ounces and 3 pounds 4 ounces. They are both doing very well. The bigger girl, Julie, is being cared for by her mom full time at the hospital after just a few days, while the smaller twin, Angel, will stay with us for a couple of weeks, with daily visits from her mom, until she is bigger and stronger.
30 July 2012
2 July 2012
May is really hitting her stride and gaining an ounce a day. May's mom comes every day to spend time with her and nurse her. May will be able to return to her mom and family soon. We can give her a bath in the sink now as she is big enough that she doesn't loose body heat as quickly. She is a cutie, we think. Praise God for His favor on this little one who is made in His image and likeness.
25 May 2012
Baby May continues to make progress. She is eating more and more often. She is more alert and has been able to spend time with her mother, who expressed milk (which May prefers) because she is still too weak to breast feed.
22 May 2012
We have a baby we are calling May, who was a twin, however her brother didn't make it. Born today at 3 lb 4 oz, May seems to be doing well enough for now. We will keep her until she is strong enough to return to her family.
21 February 2012
Lina and Tamara Auguste came to visit us today. They started out at 3 lb 8 oz and 3 lb 10 oz in July 2010. They are now happy healthy 19 month olds. Jonise, their mom, brought me a gift of 10 eggs as a thank you but the biggest blessing was seeing them run around and play. Praise the Lord.
6 December 2011
Update: She now has a name, Chinayda. The photo of her getting a bath was taken shortly before she went home with her parents.
3 November 2011Some of you have already heard about the little preemie we've been caring for this past month. We call her Ange or Missy or just sweet thing. Her parents haven't named her yet. She was born Sept 23 and we got her on the 24th. She weighed 2 lb 5.5 oz and was 29 weeks gestation. She's now up to 3 lb 12 oz and growing great. We're working with her mother to help her start taking over her care so she'll be ready to go home when she gets to 5 lb. We think that will be in about 3 more weeks.
The most recent infant we cared for was born March 15 weighing 3 lb 11 oz. His family couldn't take care of him and asked for help. His aunt asked if we would give him back when he was 6 months old. I was quick to assure her that his stay with us wouldn't last that long. We've nicknamed him Benjamin. He looked like a little old man – his skin was dry and baggy and full of wrinkles. He'll be a big baby when he fills out his skin. He went home after 2 weeks weighing 4 lb 10.5 oz. He's continued to improve and do well.