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Complications with premature babys- When my teen had a baby-Brionna Levine

Updated on April 6, 2011

When my 16 year old became pregnant

The last six months have taken a toll on my life. The day my daughter informed me she was pregnant I was devistated. My daughter is still a child. In my mind I was thinking how selfish for her to do this to me. She does not have a job and she is still in high school so that leaves me to take care of this baby. And just like a lot of teens who become pregnant the father wants nothing to do with this baby. Its not that I think she did this intentionally, I just dont think she understood or didnt think she would get pregnant. But as her mother what can I do. At 16 the state says she is old enouph to make her own choices medically. I think some teens are old enouph to make there own choices, but not my daughter. I love her but she is a very immature 16 year old who I think doesnt want to be told what to do, like a lot of other teens.

Teens who smoke

On a couple occasions I caught my daughter smoking. I lectured her about this. I informed her that anything she puts in her body, goes right to that baby. And smoking can cause complications and premature births. My daughter looked at me and said, "How do you figure"? Most times I tell my daughter dangers and she dont want to believe me. I do not allow her to smoke even if she was not pregnant. She had people giving her ciggerettes who were over the age of 18 and there was nothing I could do about it.

Brionna Levine  1 lb 9oz.
Brionna Levine 1 lb 9oz.

Augest 11, 2011

I work at the county nursing home in New York State. I recieved a call from my daughter at about 2:30 pm. My daughter was six months pregnant. She stated she was having bad cramping and spotting blood. I live right around the corner from the hospital, so I told her to go to the hospital and I would meet her there. Kala had a friend at the house with her and I was a half hour drive away.

When I arrived at the hospital they said when Kala got there she was 8 centemeters dialated and had given her medicine to slow down the contractions but she was too far along to stop the laber. The doctor came in, he was very concerned because this baby was only 24 weeks along. He asked if we wanted to do everything possable to save the baby or let nature take its course. There was no hesitation on my part as I looked at Kala and she told him everything medically possable. The doctor said, ok and was quick to call in a medical team out of dubois, who flew in on a helicopter. This whole day was something out of a movie to me. The doctor first made the call that he wanted to do an amniocentisis. He wanted to drain fluid from the sack in hopes her cervix would close long enouph to send her with the baby still in her back to Dubois where they had the trained professionals and the equipment to help save the babys life. My daughter did not want to ride in that helicopter, she was very scared but I told her she needs to do the best thing for this baby if she wanted her to live. Although she was mad at me for a few minutes she finally agreed. The medically team made it to Bradford by this time.

While the doctor performed the Amniocentisis I had to leave the room, a few minutes later the nurse came out and said for me to come in as she was going to deliver right now. Apparently it did not work and she was fully dialated at this point.

The doctor told my daughter to push when she got the next contraction. The first push she did her water broke right in the doctors face. A few seconds later she was to push again and out came flying this tinny baby. the doctor was fumbling around trying to catch the baby as it finally landed on my daughters belly making one small squeel, almost like a mouse. The medical team out of Dubois was quick to pick up the baby, giving it oxygen and getting it ready to fly back to Dubois. Kala named her baby Brionna Levine who weighs 1 lb 9 oz. I have never in my life seen such a small baby.


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      Spacey Gracey 7 years ago from Essex, UK

      I just wanted to say I am thinking of you and your baby. My friend had a baby at 30 weeks, and he's grown up healthy and started school today. Your daughter is lucky she's got you - I wasn't ready to cope with parenthood at 23, I can't imagine how she feels at 16! What a lot to deal with for you both.

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      Spacey Gracey 7 years ago from Essex, UK

      I just wanted to say I am thinking of you and your baby. My friend had a baby at 30 weeks, and he's grown up healthy and started school today. Your daughter is lucky she's got you - I wasn't ready to cope with parenthood at 23, I can't imagine how she feels at 16! What a lot to deal with for you both.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi, I wish everything will be alright for your daughter and the baby. My prayers are with you and your family as you care for the newborn baby and your daughter, precious little one, May you always find the strength whether it be physically and emotionally, Maita

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      ssety 7 years ago

      May you find the strength and the Hope to accept things that cannot be undone and the courage to do what can be done.

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      FindMyTeenFashion 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. I wish that teens would think of the possible consequences of having sex. The answer to this issue will be hard to find. All we can do is educate teens about the dangers of having sex.

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      MariD3 7 years ago from United States

      First and foremost, My heart goes out to You, Your daughter and Your brand new granddaughter. I hope all ends well and little Brionna Levine pulls through this time of her life with as few complications as possible.

      As a parent of a new teen (13 1/2) and a pre-teen (12) I can only hope that neither of them places Me in such a unfortunate situation by becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant at such an early age. You're absolutely right, their BAD choices places the parents in a complete bind. Their babies become your babies and your responsiblility. Teenagers are ill equipped to be parents, yet the law does nothing to assist the parents of the teens. Basically the law tells you to just bite the bullet, and I don't think that's right at all.

      I guess that's why it's important that we start talking to our children while their really little and young, so hopefully when they become teenagers they'll always remember and reflect back on the values, morals and lessons that you instilled in them long before. I believe if you start having the talks when they're teenagers at that point it's too late....because they're set in their ways. As parents we can only do the best that we can because in the end they're going to do what they want to do. I tell Mines all the time, "It's a free country do what You want, but know that You alone are going to suffer the consequences. I will not suffer because of Your poor choices!" As of now, everything that I'm doing is working, but I know that I still have a ways to go! PLEASE keep us posted on the status of Brionna!