Oftentimes, mothers are allowed to hold their babies almost immediately after giving birth. However, sometimes that’s not possible.
The woman who appears in this viral video wasn’t allowed to hold her premature baby after giving birth. Her son had been born at just over 26 weeks, and it was crucial that he received immediate care.
Holding your baby for the first time is an experience unlike any other.
In the video shared with Love What Matters, the new mother was able to hold her premature baby for the first time. According to the caption, she was barely allowed to touch him for the first few days of his life.
“I just wanted a normal pregnancy, a normal birth, I wanted to be able to hold my baby right away, feed him and snuggle him,” she said.
When her doctor had no explanation as to why she gave birth to her son, Grayson, at only 26 weeks and 3 days, it was all the more frustrating.
Four days after Grayson was born, she was finally able to hold her son.
As nurses helped to arrange the wires hooked up to Grayson, the new mother carefully caressed her little baby for the first time.
“It was the best feeling in the world to finally be able to hold him in my arms,” she said.
According to the caption of the video, Grayson stayed in the NICU for 84 days before he was allowed to go home. Now six months later he is a healthy and happy baby boy. She wrote that the best part of all is that “now I get to snuggle him whenever I want.”
It’s difficult to describe how it feels to finally hold your baby.
“I just want other parents who are going through this to know it’s hard, it’s scary, but you’re stronger than you think you are, your baby is a fighter and you’re not alone,” she said. “I hope that someday soon you get to bring your baby home, too.”
Many people agreed with her and responded to the video with pictures of their own premature babies, many who have now grown into healthy children and young adults.
Some recalled doctors and nurses telling them to plan a funeral.
“Several times we were told to plan her funeral,” Sarah Bridges wrote about her daughter who was also born at 26 weeks.
“We were told if she would make it, she would be blind, never be able to speak or walk. She proved EVERYONE wrong. God had other plans for her. She’s now 12 years old and perfectly healthy.”
Others remembered what it was like to hold their preemie for the first time.
“I too had to wait to hold my son,” Shelby Dougherty recalled. “Finally at 6 days I got to hold all 1lb 7oz of him.”
There was also a few who remembered crying when they saw their child hooked up to all kinds of machines.
“She was in the Nicu for 2 months I remember crying anytime I visit the nicu…” Mary Mildred wrote.
While many shared photos of their own premature babies, others offered their advice to the new mother.
“Stay strong Mama! And love that boy with all you’ve got,” one woman wrote. “NICU babies are the strongest fighters I know.”