PREEMIE OF THE MONTH:A u g u s t ’s Preemie of the Month is Nate Scott, grow and he’d be okay. After the peaceful wonderful surprise. He was eating and grow- a micro p reemie with the heart of a lion. Here three weeks the “roller coaster” that we had ing. We could hold him when we want, bathe is his story as told by mom, Jennifer. him, I could nurse him. We could start to Our son, Wesley Nathaniel Scott, a.k.a. “Nate called in and this was our first experience problem was his lungs because he still need- the Great”, was born on April 8, 2005 at 25 really worrying that we might lose him. He weeks 6 days gestation weighing only 1 lb. 13 was intubated and our crash course on venti- coming home on oxygen though we were still oz. He was delivered by c-section after 5 lators began. Nate was on jet vents, oscillat- hopeful. We took our CPR and other classes weeks bedrest. Very early in the pregnancy I ing vents, and regular vents; sometimes need- and information so we could bring him home.
had bleeding and was told it was due to rup- ing almost 100% oxygen to help his little On July 18, 2005 only 2 days after Nate’s tured blood vessels on the outside of the pla- and a monitor weighing just over 5 pounds.
preterm labor that up until this point had been He was on sodium, iron, and a aldactazide. controlled by medication, Procardia. I hadlow amniotic fluid starting at about week 20, N a t e ’s biggest problem has always been his which is why I was put on bedrest. The deci- lungs. His ROPeventually resolved itself and sion to deliver Nate was made in the hospital his bilateral hernias would need repair. We when my contractions broke through and it was determined that there was very little amniotic fluid surrounding Nate. None of my scared and excited bringing him home and I doctors are exactly sure what caused these am thankful for the wonderful family support problems. My husband, Adam, and I were at that we have. We survived false alarms in the peace with the decision once it was made. We middle of the night when Nate decided he’d told our family and we all prayed because we had enough of the electrodes attached to him knew Nate’s life was in God’s hands now. and low heart rate alarms when he thoughteating was more important than breathing.
We survived the Synagis shots and the fights would face and were told very clearly how with insurance to get them to cover the shots.
small a chance Nate had to survive and all the We made it through our first respiratory infec- tions and several ear infections. The pulse ox world with a small cry and beautiful dark hair.
machine was our best friend at times. Our family was excited to make it through out first idea what we were going to face over the next lungs. This terrifying process went on for winter with no hospitalizations for Nate.
another three weeks. We watched him growand get a little chunky for the first time while Nate was ushered immediately to the Shady he had this awful tube down his throat. It was strong enough to leave the oxygen behind.
Grove NICU where he spent his first three hard to watch him everyday but we did pray- This was huge! We kept all of our equipment ing his lungs would heal and he’d breathe on for a month and then let it go. Another fear, I through simply a nasal cannula. I thought at the time how much the betamethasone shots made it for a few days before being back on breathing but we made it. On March 28th we must have helped. He reached full feeds and the vent for another five days. Finally he was braved a return to the hospital so that Nate was gaining weight. Adam and I were able to weaned off of the vent down to CPA P a n d could have his hernias repaired and were ter- rified he’d have trouble coming out of anes- active in his care. I think we both believed Nate would be different. He wasn’t going to On our anniversary, June 15, 2005, Nate gave have all of these preemie problems. It was us the present of coming out of his isolette the same day. On April 8 we celebrated his just going to take a little while for him to and into an open air crib. This was such a 1st birthday with lots of family and friends.
The decision to get pregnant after having an infant born prema- 4. How do I find a perinatalogist?
turely is a difficult one. For many couples the fear of havinganother preemie is enough to deter them from having more chil- The ideal way is to ask your current OB for recommendations and dren, but there are also those that still want to grow their families.
also talk to other mothers who have had high-risk pregnancies. Of With the right medical care many women go on to have full term course, what health insurance you have can restrict what doctor babies after having a preemie. Here are some commonly asked you can see. It is often helpful to first get a list of perinatalogists questions about getting pregnant again after having a preemie.
that work with your insurance and then ask around about thosedoctors. If you are unable to find a perinatalogist who works with 1. I want to get pregnant again after giving birth premature-
your health insurance, contact a case manager at your insurance ly, what steps can I take to prevent another premature birth?
company. They should be able to help you get an out of networkauthorization to see a perinatalogist.
The first step is to go to a perinatalogist for preconception coun-seling. A perinatalogist is a doctor that specializes in high risk 5. If I have given birth prematurely before can I still have my
pregnancy. It is important to bring all medical records from your OB deliver my next baby?
previous pregnancies to the appointment. This will give the doc-tor an opportunity to review your medical information and deter- While many OBs are willing to take on high-risk pregnancies, it mine if further testing is needed to find out the cause of you pre- is important to discuss your plans with your OB before you get vious preterm delivery. Based on all the medical information, the pregnant. Many OBs will co-manage high-risk patients with a perinatalogist may be able to give you recommendations on how perinatalogist. If your OB has experience with high-risk preg- to manage your next pregnancy to decrease the risk of having nancies and is comfortable handling your case, you may want to Below is a list of resources for women considering getting preg- 2. What if the doctors are not able to determine why I gave
nant after having a premature infant.
birth prematurely, will I be able to prevent it from happening

The March of Dimes has a wealth of information about In many cases the doctors can not determine the exact cause of premature birth, including causes of and risk factors for preterm preterm birth. However, an experienced doctor can give an edu- delivery and signs of preterm labor.
cated guess based on the circumstances surrounding the birth.
This is why seeing a perinatalogist is so important for many Sidelines National Support Network- women looking to get pregnant again after giving birth prema- Sidelines is a support group from woman experiencing turely. It is important to remember that even if there is clear cause high-risk pregnancy with a particular emphasis on bed rest.
for preterm delivery no doctor can guarantee it will not happen Sidelines provides direct support over the phone or by emails 3. Will I have to go on bedrest? This is an online support group for women currently That depends entirely on the cause of your previous preterm deliv- pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant after having a pre- ery, but if you were on bedrest with previous pregnancies there is emie. It is a great place to get information and advice from other a good chance that you will be on bedrest again. women who have experienced premature birth.
We wanted to show off the miracle child that This wasn’t so scary after all we’d faced.
your head for a second. He’s not a picky eater we had hidden all winter for fear of viruses and most of all RSV. It was wonderful to see French fries, actually anything potato. He Nate play and interact with other children his was cruising around like nothing happened.
loves his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. He age and to see him put his hands in his first Nate is now 16 months; 13 months corrected also loves to play in the pool. It’s been an birthday cake. On July 28th we faced anoth- age and is a thriving child. At his 15-month amazing year with lots of ups and downs but er small hurdle when Nate had tubes put in his when I look at him it all fades. I am so thank- ears. He’s had persistent ear infections and was 31 3/8 inches long. He has six beautiful ful to all of the doctors and nurses that helped constant fluid in his ears. A hearing test teeth and a contagious laugh. He’s not walk- showed that he’s not hearing as well as he ing yet but he pulls up and “cruises” around c o u l d n ’t be there as well as the amazing sup- should so the decision was made for tubes.
everything and can climb the stairs if you turn port of all of our family and friends.
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August Outing: Annual Members Meeting
WHEN: August 22 2006, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm w w w. c o . p r i n c e - w i l l i a m . v a . u s / c s b / p r o- Directors of Preemies Today. This year we will have the meeting at the home of Elaine RSVP: Kathy Vestermark, Patient & Family S e r v i c e s : Noto, but it won’t be all business! We will C o o r d i n a t o r / U S U H S , (703) 324-7500 vote while relaxing poolside in Elaine’s [email protected] or 703-264-067.
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