What do you consider Preemie?

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What do you consider Preemie?

Postby LoveVaeh » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:54 am

Hi! I don't have a recent preemie... but my 6 y/o was born at 34/35 weeks and I, personally, consider her as a premature baby. She is fine now, but some people have told me that I should stop saying she was premature because she is too old now. Basically, when they ask why I couldn't breastfeed her, I tell them that she was prem and my lack of support and education on it I gave up.

She had no NICU time (Thank God)...

I lurk here a lot and I am wondering if you all would be offended by it if I ever posted or whatever.
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Postby PixieB » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:03 am

You're still welcome to post. It's as much about sharing our experiences to support the new prem mums as it is discussing your own prem troubles.

Talia is now 3.5 (and a bit) actual age, though I've pretty much stopped correcting (though I prefer the look of her weight on a corrected chart rather than actual :lol: ). She was discharged from the NICU follow up clinic at 3 years corrected and was all normal developmentally. So technically we don't need to stress so much about the prem thing.

But I've still had a lot of valuable experiences, and years of reading and absorbing info on prems gives me a lot of resources to help other parents through here.

So post, however old your prem is. It's still a valid experience.
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Postby shrimpsey » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:24 am

I agree fully with Pixie. Your baby was a premie. A baby doesn't have to be super tiny, or need a nicu stay to justify his/her "premie" status. Having a baby eary, no matter how great the outcome has a whole set of thoughts, feelings, worries that go with it, so yes, post away. :) Anyone who would be offended at that should ask themselves why.
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Postby Cindy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:00 am

If you consider your baby a preemie, then I do too. But generally when I speak of a preemie, I am talking prior tp 37 weeks because by definition that is it here. But I consider babies born earlier then 38 weeks to be premature.
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Postby nauticaboo » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:35 am

You definitely had a preemie, and you are welcome to post here any time you want. I don't care if your preemie is 20 years old - you still have some valuable experiences that you can share with all of the new preemie mamas.
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Postby mom2abandkb » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:10 pm

I agree with everyone, post away :D
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