Anthony’s Story | Early Labor | Neonatology
By Jessie, Anthony’s Mother
After having a near perfect pregnancy, I went to the hospital with labor pains at 34 weeks. I completely expected to be sent home, thinking it was a false alarm. After multiple attempts to stop labor, I was shocked when the doctor told us they couldn’t do anything else and the baby would be born in the next few hours.
They assured me he would have to go to the NICU but would be just fine. As new parents we were terrified. We were thrown a curve ball when the doctor told us there weren’t any beds left in the Connecticut Children’s NICU and the baby would have to be transported to another hospital and we would stay behind until I recovered. He quickly said “I will see what I can do,” then came back within a few minutes and told us they had a bed in the Connecticut Children’s NICU with our name on it. Our son, Anthony, was born a few hours later.
Although he was relatively healthy and considered late pre-term, he had bradycardia which would cause his heart rate to drop. We were quickly jolted into the NICU life of monitors and beeps and awaiting the doctors’ rounds each morning. Thanks to the rooms available to NICU parents, I basically moved into the hospital.
There were so many great nurses and doctors, like Dr. Marilyn Sanders, that not only gave our child great care but helped us through one of the most tumultuous times in our life. They released our son on Christmas Day in 2012 – by far the best gift we could have ever gotten! He came home on a heart rate monitor and stayed on it for four months.
I looked forward to our checkups with Connecticut Children’s and could not have been more thrilled when I got the final call that he was cleared and that we didn’t need to carry the clunky heart rate monitor around. He is now a happy and healthy, almost 4 year old. The NICU experience is one that I will never, ever forget. Although it was one of the toughest times in my life, I am forever grateful for the care provided by Connecticut Children’s.