What We Left When We Left the NICU

November 18, 2014 6:28 PM

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Monday was World Prematurity Day, a day aimed at bringing awareness to the global problem of premature birth. And a day that makes me feel eternally grateful to a small group of people that helped me after my first child was born: the nurses in the NICU.

An ultrasound at 35 weeks of pregnancy showed that my stubborn placenta hadn't migrated north and out of the way of my cervix and had suddenly stopped functioning. My son was measuring an entire month behind where he should have been, and the perinatologist thought my baby would survive better outsi...

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