Little Ruby takes big steps at Mater

Tuesday 17 December 2013

After two straight-forward pregnancies, one including twins, Springfield mum Emma Sharp never expected her third experience would throw so many challengers at her and her baby.

From the outset Emma experienced problems with her pregnancy. At 19 weeks she went to her local hospital as her membrane had ruptured, leaving only a small amount of fluid in her womb. She was given little chance that she would reach 24 weeks.

“I was quite frightened to have these problems so early on in the pregnancy. I was put on bed rest and every pain I felt, I thought the worst,” she said.

Emma went for regular scans but it was difficult to see clearly how the baby was progressing due to the lack of fluid.

Thankfully, Emma reached the 24-week milestone but she faced further setbacks and was referred to Mater Mothers’ Hospital after experiencing bleeding and she was then diagnosed with an infection and gestational diabetes.

With all these complications putting the baby under stress, doctors decided to deliver the baby well before the 3 May due date.

On 1 February, at 27 weeks gestation, Ruby Jane Sharp came into the world weighing only 900 grams. Considering her traumatic journey to get here, she was in relatively good health.

“At first she struggled to breathe so she was taken to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and put on a ventilator for three days. She was then on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to assist her breathing,” Emma said.

Emma can’t praise the Mater staff enough for taking great care of her little girl.

“They all gave Ruby such close attention and it was comforting to know that when I was not there she was getting the best care possible,” she said.

Finally, Ruby was able to go home with her family in time for Mother’s Day after spending 100 days in Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

It was the best Mother’s Day present her mother Emma could wish for.

Proceeds from Mater’s maternity and baby care products support Mater Little Miracles to help make little miracles happen for babies like Ruby.

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