Here is a happy update that we can all get behind; the beautiful smile of a premature baby. This child, Freya, is now five years old but it still evoking wonder and amusement with this amazing wide-open smile that she shot us at only a few days old.
I'm sorry, what, you say? A smile from a preemie? Impossible. Babies don't even have control of their facial muscles until two months! But I'm telling you, it's the truth.
See for yourself.
Yep - this picture is of five day-old baby Freya but get this -
she was several weeks premature which means she was at least 3 months ahead of that developmental milestone.
Freya was born several weeks early due to a pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia which is essentially high blood pressure. Pre-eclampsia can often be the culprit that causes pre-mature delivery and this was the case when Freya was born five years ago.
Her mother developed pre-eclampsia at 28 weeks. Not only that: Freya had turned sideways and would have to be delivered via Cesarian section.
Thankfully, everything was fine.
However, that's not always the case. Pre-eclampsia can sometimes result in serious birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and can be deadly to the mother if left untreated.
We are happy to be reminded of little Freya's smile (who is now 5 years old and has a little sister, Elowen). However, if you delivered your child prematurely and your story is not as sweet as this one, you may want to give us a call to see if your case should be investigated. Often times medical doctors, facilities, HMOs, or even staff can be responsible for failing to follow up on a test or failing to adminster a crucial test that would prevent premature labor.
That was the case with our friend Angela -
Call us today at 202-393-3320. Don't wait to have your case investigated. There's no cost to you - but you should order your medical records ahead of time so they are ready to be reviewed. You should request anything from your prenatal care, your hospital care, and any other medical treatment associated with your pregnancy and labor.