2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 11:16
Premature delivery is a shock that terrifies you, requires you to react quickly and can have all kinds of consequences on your life and that of your baby, much like a car accident.
According to Ginette Mantha, director at Préma-Québec, giving birth prematurely is comparable to a car accident. She who gave birth prematurely twice knows a lot about this subject. It is because she is grateful that her children were able to survive and also because she knows how much it is necessary to support other parents in these difficult times that she founded this association for premature children in 2003.
Like a car accident
Madame Mantha finds that we hear too little about prematurity even though it affects 8% of children. This is explained, according to her, by the fact that "parents whose children are hospitalized have experienced a shock similar to a car accident and it is normal that we see them less". For her, it is important that mothers are aware of this possibility, because even if medicine often succeeds in stopping contractions and postponing the birth, some mothers give birth quickly before the expected date and will have to know to whom to go.turn and figure out what's happening to them.
“I think that's a good analogy the car accident, imagine your child running away from daycare and getting hit on the corner. Your child can get away with it, how it can go wrong, and what it does to your stomach just thinking about it, it squeezes and it hurts; it’s a bit like seeing your premature baby hospitalized,” says Ginette Mantha. Moreover, as after a car accident, the severity and sequelae vary greatly from one child to another. This is why each case is treated differently and it is for this reason that a premature child can be discharged very quickly from the hospital, while another will stay there longer.
Prematurity can happen to anyone and this delivery can take place far from home, both for those who live in the countryside and those who live in the city. “Premature labor, like a car accident, can happen anywhere. It can happen near major urban centers or in Kangirsuk. Unfortunately, for the others, it's near major centers and major hospitals that we have the best chance of getting out, says Ginette Matha, who points out that not all hospitals have a clinic. of neonatology.
When someone gives birth prematurely far from such a center, it is however possible to transfer their baby to another hospital once their condition has stabilized. This situation can lead to significant costs for those who give birth well before the time of delivery.their maternity leave and must live elsewhere during this period. This is also why Préma-Québec helps parents.
How does it feel to give birth prematurely?
You feel very helpless when you give birth at 24 weeks, when barely five months of pregnancy have passed and your belly is just starting to appear. According to Ginette Matha, who receives nearly 900 calls a year, many mothers are in shock, experiencing financial difficulties and feeling guilty.
It is fortunate that there are support groups today and it is important to talk about them so that women know that they are not alone, according to her.
The March 2015
For a seventh consecutive year, the March for the Premature will take place on Sunday, September 6 in 7 cities in Quebec and on Saturday, September 12 for people of the greater Montreal area.
During this march, you will see young people and adults have numbers on their bibs. These numbers represent the week of pregnancy in which they were born. If you see someone wearing 26, for example, they were born at 26 weeks pregnant. It is a beautiful message of hope for those who will see all the premature babies who have grown up. Ginette Mantha explains that “Obviously there are difficult moments in prematurity, but we manage. The premature babies who have become adults that we see during the walk are proof that everything can be fine for a few yearslater. »
She also insisted that despite the difficulties, despite the fact that a very premature baby needs care for a year and a half to two years, we survive. Most babies make it through and become full adults. Some are luckier than others, but all mothers eventually get by. For her, it is important to remember this. And for those who were less fortunate, Préma-Québec is there, across the province, to provide the necessary support to parents who need it.
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