Mom shared touching pictures of a 6-year-old boy giving skin to skin treatment to his premature baby brother.
Jessica Marotta shared a heart-warming picture of her 6-year-old son Mikey giving skin to skin to his premature brother jake.
Mikey was a single child for six years. He constantly pressed upon his parents to bring home a sibling. Since Mikey himself was a surprised child and was not difficult to conceive, his parents did not think to bring another child to the house would be so difficult.
After trying for five years, when Jessica conceived, she tragically miscarried, and the couple later found out their precious baby had been a boy. They hadn’t told Mikey yet, so he was not that discouraged.
After losing the baby boy, the couple thought they should just accept their family of three and live happily.
“After that, every time Mikey asked for his baby brother, we would explain to him that there may be a chance that he may never get a baby brother. It broke our hearts to say these words to him, but we found a way to settle into a life just the three of us in our new home and enjoy our summer.”
However, mother nature had something else in mind. As soon as they decided to stop trying, Jessica found out she was pregnant again but held off on being too excited, as this was another extremely high-risk pregnancy.
Even though she made through the first trimester without much concern, the couple was given heartbreaking news during an ultrasound. The doctor broke the news that all signs were indicating severe Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). Which means the fetus was not growing as fast as it should have. The baby was five weeks behind on progress.
“There was a high risk of uterine demise. I was 23 weeks pregnant, but our baby measured about five weeks behind in size. Legally, the doctor had to give us the option to terminate the pregnancy.”
Nevertheless, the couple decided to fight for their unborn child, although the odds were stacked against him.
At 30 weeks, she was told she would have to undergo an emergency C-section or risk the baby being stillborn. Hence, Jake Eric Marotta was born on March 6, 2018, weighing just 1 pound, 12 ounces. His mom just caught a glimpse of him when he was being taken to NICU.
Throughout her pregnancy, Jessica had made sure Mikey was prepared for whatever could come following the birth of his baby brother.
“We explained that the baby was going to come early and would be in the hospital when he was born for a long time. Mikey cried and said he didn’t want the baby to stay in the hospital — he wanted him home — but we just kept an open conversation with him.”
After 10 days, Mikey was allowed to meet his brother. That is when he gave him skin to skin and Jessica shared a picture on social media.
After spending 62 days in the hospital, Jake was finally able to go home with his family.
The brothers are practically inseparable now.
Skin-on-skin time for newborns, especially premature babies, is being advocated all around the world. A Facebook page dubbed NINO (Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes) Birth regularly shares how beneficial this is and how it helps the babies feel safe.
The page details, “Putting your newborn baby skin-to-skin on your chest-at birth makes all the difference between feeling safe or unsafe. Here the baby is warmed, and heart and lungs work best. The baby can find the breast and latch on.”
An image showing a father and a son giving skin-on-skin time to premature twin girls was uploaded on the page and received sudden traction.
People around the world started commending the little boy, his father, and the hospital. The image was taken in Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has since received over 26,000 shares.
Article and Image Source: Diply