Premature births happen all too often, presenting parents with a host of challenges that come with welcoming their LO into the world weeks before his or her due date. It's something that we need to continue to raise awareness around and to continue to elevate how we address medically. Perhaps nothing is a better reminder of this than seeing parents bonding with their preemies. This viral video, which was recently shared on the Facebook page Love What Matters, is a beautiful glimpse at an unnamed mom and her son Grayson who was born just over 26 weeks.
"4 days after birth, I held my baby for the first time, it was the best feeling in the world to finally be able to hold him in my arms," the mom shared with Love What Matters. "He was born only 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant. They have no idea why I had him early, I’m a fairly healthy person, never missed taking my prenatal vitamins, completely cut out caffeine and exercised kind of regularly. He was only 860g at birth. For the first 4 days I wasn’t able to hold him, I was barley able to touch him. 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. Grayson is now almost 6 months and doing absolutely amazing after his 84 day NICU stay. He’s happy, healthy and now I get to snuggle him whenever I want. It’s scary to think 1 in 10 babies is born premature. 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. I hope that someday soon you get to bring your baby home, too."
The video lasts roughly a minute and is an incredibly emotional moment between mother and son.
It's interesting that the clip has gone viral the same week as World Prematurity Day, which is Friday, November 17. With hope, more moments like this will raise even more awareness and lead to even more support for moms like this one.