Other Mothers (A Poem Dedicated to the NICU Nurses, Who Fought to Save Our Children’s Lives)

sonshine2On the day my child was born too little, too soon

I was not the only mother present in the room
Somewhere in the background, I did not realize
There stood a group of women, assigned to both our lives
They took my baby swiftly, helped add his Apgar score
Made sure I got to see him, then they rushed him out the door
As I lay there heartbroken, sent to recovery
They watched over my baby, they held my child for me
His new life in the balance, fear made it hard to cope
They kept us optimistic; they gave us cause to hope
They reassured his daddy, although he seems so small
“Our preemie kids are fighters; he needs some time that’s all.”
After what seemed the longest day, I mustered up a smile
Rolled slowly to the NICU, to finally meet my child
They stood beside my baby, told me what to expect
“Remember mom he’s preemie, and not fully grown yet.”
There lay my greatest prayer, amid the ringing sounds
They’d recommended changes, when doctors did their rounds
Tears streaming without slowing, one held my trembling hand
She said “Mom he’ll pull through this, and we’ll do all we can.”
“Here starts the NICU journey, but we’ll be at your side
Yes it’s a rollercoaster, but surely worth the ride
You’ll be a better mother, if you’re open to learn
We’re committed to help you, carry your child to term.”
We shared so many moments; they cheered for all his firsts
Left us alone to hold his hand when things turned for the worst
They pointed out the milestones, when they were hard to see
Encouraged me to help them – left certain care for me
I’d call into the NICU, each hour when away
They’d answer with excitement, “Mommy your boy’s ok.”
Sometimes they would remind me, “Snap out the NICU trance.”
“Go off and have some you time, while you still have the chance.”
They stood up for my baby, when doctors weren’t right
When he began to miss us, they’d sing to him at night
They memorized his little moods, habits, likes, and such
They were his other mothers; they loved him very much
After each of the surgeries, their worry I could see
They wanted my son to survive, to send him home with me
They made sure he was comfortable, helped my baby pull through
Did much more than required, did much more than I knew
They became like our family, new treasured friends of mine
Laughter and sharing stories, helping us pass the time
These women were like angels, to nurture and protect
They helped us to the other side, and we’ll never forget
Received the best of guidance, while sitting in that place
“When he’s home” conversations, reminders to have faith
And when it finally came the time to send us on our own
I knew that I would miss them, for months this was our home
To all the NICU nurses, who take care of our hearts
Who find a life important, no matter how it starts
Never would have imagined, we’d come to know each other
Forever I’m indebted to our NICU Other Mothers

By Kaleena Berryman Dedicated to the loving nurses of St. Joseph’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paterson, NJ.

If you would like this poem tailored for your favorite NICU nurses, contact us the author at Kaleena Berryman@gmail.com.

The Angel Assigned to Our Son, a poem for Amanda from Marissa, Shawn & Ryan

Poetry from Praying4MyPreemie At Praying4MyPreemie, we specialize in poetry written to celebrate the miracles that come with our children, through our personalization poetry service, Poetically Yours. Give us your story, sentiments, dedications, and we will create a beautiful poem to honor your child, at a reasonable price. There are no cards that tell our story, this poem will live on forever! First birthday – Coming home from the hospital – birth – even loss, we can capture the words of your heart. Email us at kaleenaberryman@gmail.com or call Kaleena at 9735176581 for more information.

If you would like this poem tailored for your favorite NICU nurses, contact us as well!

 

 

Other Mothers, from the book Stronger Than We Thought: Poetry for the Preemie Mom’s Journey. Download from Amazon onto any computer or electronic device! http://www.amazon.com/Stronger-Than-We-Thought-Preemie-ebook/dp/B00PKX0RDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415997581&sr=8-1&keywords=kaleena+berryman Stronger than We Thought3 Download onto any computer or electronic device

Poetry from Praying4MyPreemie At Praying4MyPreemie, we specialize in poetry written to celebrate the miracles that come with our children, through our personalization poetry service, Poetically Yours. Give us your story, sentiments, dedications, and we will create a beautiful poem to honor your child, at a reasonable price. There are no cards that tell our story, this poem will live on forever! First birthday – Coming home from the hospital – birth – even loss, we can capture the words of your heart. Email us at kaleenaberryman@gmail.com or call Kaleena at 9735176581 for more information. If you would like this poem tailored for your favorite NICU nurses, contact us as well!

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Between My God and I (A Preemie Mother’s Poem)

Between My God & I (A Preemie Mother’s Prayer)

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I’m coming to You Father, heartbroken and alone
My child was born unto me, with a struggle all his own
This mom’s requesting mercy, with not much strength to give
My burden lay before you Lord, please will my child to live
Please Will My Child to Live
Please Will Our Child to Live
They say that Your intentions, we’ll never understand
I pray my child’s survival is somewhere within Your plan
This gift just given to me, I’m not prepared to mourn
This child is extra special, this child is my first born
To carry him much longer, they said it wasn’t safe
You saved his life through early birth; the rest is left to faith
His home is now a NICU, under a nurse’s care
I ask that You be present, and cover his stay there

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     They keep poking with needles, his newly forming skin
    His warmth controlled by the small bed the doctors keep him in
    A machine’s breathing for him; his heart is just so small
    A surgery is scheduled, we’re waiting on the call
    Surround him with his angels, no longer here on Earth
    Grandparents, aunts and uncles, assigned to him at birth 
             Bless him with Your glory, healed supernaturally
    Please give him as much favor, as You have given me
    This journey’s just beginning; please give us strength to cope
    Each day I’ll whisper prayers, in the sweet key of hope       
  • Please Will My Child to Live
    Please Will My Child to Live
    Please Will Our Child to Live…

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Send new ways to pass the time, best-selling books to read
And send a friend to hold my hand whenever I’m in need
Comfort our parents, this is a trying time
They’re praying over their child, desperately needing mine

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My husband – keep him focused, forgiving and sincere
Don’t know how I’d survive it, without him standing here
Help my child fight for his life, teach my child to soar
Make it so he doesn’t need this IV anymore
Make his lungs much stronger, move barriers away
That might keep us from celebrating on his first birthday
Same God who blessed dear Noah, and parted the Red Sea
Preserve just one more miracle, for our family
Give us peace surpassing, with every tear we cry
Life’s most important prayer,

Between My God and I

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 Please Will My Child to Live
Please Will My Child to Live
Please Will Our Child to Live
Please Will Your Child to Live.

A poem from the book Stronger Than We Thought: Poetry for the Preemie Mom’s Journey. Download from Amazon onto any computer or electronic device!

Poetry from Praying4MyPreemie
At Praying4MyPreemie, we specialize in poetry written to celebrate the miracles that come with our children, through our personalization poetry service, Poetically Yours. Give us your story, sentiments, dedications, and we will create a beautiful poem to honor your child, at a reasonable price. There are no cards that tell our story, this poem will live on forever! First birthday – Coming home from the hospital – birth – even loss, we can capture the words of your heart. Email us at kaleenaberryman@gmail.com for more information.

Study: 9/11 Dust Cloud Likely Caused Widespread Pregnancy Complications

TIME

Expecting mothers who lived near the World Trade Center when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 were more likely to give birth prematurely and have babies with low birth weights, according to new research.

The massive dust cloud that enveloped Lower Manhattan after the collapse of the Twin Towers was a highly toxic environmental hazard that consisted of asbestos, cement, gypsum, glass fibers, lead and other metals and was highly alkaline. Past research has shown it caused asthma and cancer in many first responders and local residents.

A new working study, released this month by Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt of Princeton University, shows that the 9/11 dust caused pregnancy complications in expecting mothers. The study has not been peer-reviewed.

“These findings provide the first consistent evidence that the 9/11 dust cloud had detrimental impacts on pregnancy outcomes,” said the authors. “Residence in the affected area increased…

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