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The Thursday Thinker: Preemies

Last weekend we celebrated Cassie and Callie’s birthday.  Their birth day, the day they were actually born was such a day of trauma I try to think less about that day and more about how far they have come.  Here is a blog post about the survival rates of preemies.  Our girls were born at 26 weeks and weighed 2lbs2oz and 1lb13oz.

http://tamiko-preemie.com/about/survival-rate-of-preemies/

At our last RESOLVE support group meeting, one of the couples is trying to decide if they should transfer 1 or 2 embryos for their next IVF attempt.  This is such a difficult decision.  You would think if you transfer 2 you would double your chances of getting pregnant, but the math doesn’t work that way.  If you do transfer two and both work you are in an at-risk preganncy increasing your chances of pregnancy compications and preterm birth.  So the choice is a difficult one.

We have been blessed by a miraculous outcome with our 26-week twins but we have also been dealt the other side of these statistics losing two baby boys at 21-weeks and 24-weeks.  In many things we can only make the best decision we can at the time with the information we have.  Much of the outcomes are out of our hands.

-Cindy

 

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