The smallest of us: the household’s child in central Indiana who was rescued from intensive care
Almost 380,000 babies are born prematurely in this country each year. To enable these small infants to survive, nearly 750 newborn intensive care units have been set up nationwide. Franciscan Health is one of them, a level three facility with 32 private rooms.
In March last year, a woman from central Indiana went into preterm labor. Casey Dabur knew she was taking risks
Because her blood pressure was high. At 26 weeks, she gave birth to little Anaya, weighing a little over two and a half pounds.
“She had to be intubated and use oxygen until she left,” Casey said.
Dr. Veronica Guifoy is the medical director of the intensive care unit at Franciscan Health. She oversees the staff who care for Anaya and hundreds, if not thousands, of other premature babies.
“We have to work as a team,” says Dr. Guifoy, “to support not only the baby, but families who need a lot of support to get through the ups and downs while their babies are in intensive care.”
Almost all premature babies need breathing and nutrition support. They need to be kept warm and often their blood sugar needs to be monitored.
“When babies are ventilated, they need a drug called a surfactant,” says Dr. Guifoy. “Before delivery, mothers are prescribed steroids to help develop their lungs. I looked after a baby that was just 14.5 ounces, not even a full pound, and the baby made it. “
According to Dr. Guifoy is recommended breastfeeding in the intensive care unit by Franciscan Health.
“We absolutely encourage that and offer as much support as possible,” says Dr. Guifoy. “You’re welcome, and we’ve got pumps available in the rooms here at the hospital. We have lactation support. We are considered a baby-friendly hospital and support breastfeeding as much as possible. “
Little Anaya Dabur stayed in the Franciscan Health intensive care unit for almost three months. After she was released, she had a retinal problem that was corrected by surgery. But now, almost 14 months after she was born, she is a happy, active baby.
“The staff was there for us,” says Casey Dabur. “You supported us and asked if we needed anything. They always answered our questions and were so thorough. “
Her husband agrees: “The staff kept us posted on their progress. It was a good experience.”
One in ten babies born in the state of Indiana in 2019 was considered premature.
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