Mother told baby would be stillborn but gets the best surprise when she goes into labour
A mum who was told to plan for her unborn child’s funeral when her waters broke at 20 weeks is now hugging her healthy baby boy.
Tammy Smith, 26, was told she would likely have a stillbirth as the chances of a baby surviving at such an early stage of development are close to zero.
She had even picked out a small blue coffin in anticipation.
However, after she found Little Heartbeats on Facebook, which has the tagline ‘they told us we are one in a million, we believe with the right care more can follow’, she refused to give up hope and was rewarded by the first cries of baby Jesse.
Mrs Smith, who had already suffered the trauma of losing one child, said that she still had to pinch herself to believe it.
She said: ‘I owe his life to that Facebook page that told me what to do and I followed every scrap of information I could find when the doctors had given up.
‘To go into delivery being told to prepare for your baby to be stillborn is horrific, and to come out with a healthy baby is unimaginable.’
At 20 weeks, or approximately half way through a pregnancy, a mother is likely to feel their baby for the first time. Babies born before 28 weeks are considered to be ‘extremely preterm’.
After her waters broke, Worcester pair Tammy and partner Adam Smith, 29, were told there was little chance Jesse could survive and to expect a stillborn delivery.
The risks of waters breaking at 20 weeks is two-fold. One is premature delivery, the other is the danger of a baby developing a life-threatening infection.
According to Tommy’s, a charity that funds pregnancy research, the chance of survival in babies born before 23 weeks is close to zero.
Tammy said: ‘He is a miracle, there’s no doubt about it in my mind.’