Brook Ferrell was excited to become a mother – and even more excited to learn she was expecting triplets.
Babies Wendell, Haley and Nathan were born in June, 2013, at just 31 weeks’ gestation. They needed special care – care they found at Holston Valley Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Born at just 31 weeks – nine weeks early – my little tiny fighters had a journey ahead.
Wendell, Haley and Nathan spent between 42–46 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center. They were born at small weights, ranging from 2 lbs., 14 oz.–3 lbs., 6 oz.
The bonding experience changes with you and your newborn when they have to spend some time in the NICU. With three premature newborns, I felt like I was in a different planet. I bonded with my babies by savoring moments you don't even think of for a full term baby. Like when your baby gets to breathe room air, or takes its first feeding from a feeding tube.
And I bonded with all of the nurses. They became like family to me, and they did something I will never forget. They took care of not only one of my babies, but three, in ways I couldn't. And when I couldn't be there, they were.
Having a baby in the NICU is not something you can anticipate. Having an amazing NICU facility was one of the best and most comforting things in that time for me. My babies have an amazing bond with these nurses and doctors that will last a lifetime for all of us. They saved their lives and I'll be forever grateful.
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