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British mom who released photo of her premature baby who died at 24 weeks gives birth to son

by | Mar 9, 2015

Posted photo of baby at age hospitals routinely do not aggressively treat preemies

By Dave Andrusko

Baby Lenny

Baby Lenny

Of all the hundreds and hundreds of stories we’ve posted, only one ever received more “likes” than our story about Emily Caines. Talk about a consciousness raiser!

In October 2014, Caines released a photograph of her premature baby daughter Adelaide, born in 2013 at 24 weeks, to raise awareness about neonatal death and to reopen the debate about the 24-week limit on abortions. Mrs. Caines told The Daily Mail’s Kelly Strange

“Our picture shows Adelaide was not a foetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated is to me horrifying.

“Our hospital was amazing and did all they could but Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live.”

“That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit.

“Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life.

“Sadly in this day and age some people still find that offensive or uncomfortable.”

Caines had previously lost baby Isabelle in 2011. As she told the Daily Mail,

“My first daughter was born at 23 weeks and classed as a late miscarriage, Adelaide was born at 24 weeks and classed as neonatal death but they looked exactly the same.”

At the time she released the photo, Mrs. Caines was 20 weeks pregnant with a baby boy she calls her “rainbow baby.” She explained, “The theory of the rainbow baby is that something beautiful will follow the devastation caused by the storm.”

Her prediction/hope was prophetic.

Today a story in the British publication, The Mirror, carried the wonderful news that after losing two premature babies—and being told “that any child she conceived was unlikely to survive”—the 26-year-old Caines had delivered Lennox at 32 weeks. Her son weighed in at a healthy 9lb 1oz!

In the story, written by Sarah Ridley and Jeremy Durkin, we learn about the heartache and the joy:

Describing the moment she gave birth to Lennox, who was born at 32 weeks last December, Emily said: “Isabelle never cried and Adelaide’s cry was very weak but Lennox’s was like a lion’s roar.

“We just burst into tears because we finally believed he really was going to be OK. It was amazing.

“There were so many times when I thought, “I’m never going to be a mum, ever. It’s not meant to be.

“After Isabelle and Adelaide, we asked ourselves, ‘Are we going to put ourselves through this again?’

“But we just had to give it another go. I just couldn’t give up.”

Emily Caines, 25, has released a photograph of the moment her premature daughter Adelaide was born

Emily Caines, 25, has released a photograph of the moment her premature daughter Adelaide was born

Caines had been told by doctors that her cervix was so short it would be a miracle if her womb could hold on to the baby long enough. But once she became pregnant, the doctors took many extra precautions to give Caines and her baby the best possible chance.

For instance, according to Ridley and Durkin, Caines’ obstretican “tricked” her body into avoiding an early labor. Professor Tim Draycott also put in a cervical stitch at 12 weeks and two weeks later began giving her extra doses of progesterone “to help to keep the uterus muscle quiet” and probably reduce the chances of inflammation.

“He is now 9lb 1oz, though, and doing great. He’s got some catching up to do, but he’s even started smiling,” Caines told The Mirror. “I tried to thank the professor but there weren’t really the words to convey what he has done for us.”

The picture her husband took last year has helped to restart the debate over lowering the upper limit on abortion—24 weeks in most instances, but until birth in case of various “disabilities” very loosely defined (the notorious “Ground E”). According to the Daily Mail

Her husband stayed by her side as their tiny daughter let out a cry as she was delivered by doctors.

It was at that moment a doctor took the only picture of Adelaide alive on the couple’s camera.

Mrs. Caines said: ‘That cry filled us with so much hope. Her little fists were waving and I could see the doctors working on her.’

Following her son’s birth, Caines told The Mirror

“My heart will always be broken for Adelaide and Isabelle, but Lenny has helped me to heal.”

Categories: Premature babies