Mothers Know Best
Today I watched this video interview from NBC News on a mother who delivered twins. She was told that the boy, Jamie had died. She began to hold him on her chest. The doctors told her his movement was a reflex, same as in brain death. As baby Jamie began to suck breast milk off her finger they called for the doctor who would not come back in.
Only when they told the doctor that they had accepted his death did he come back in.
The rest is history. Not sure if the video will show up but here is the link, watch it.
From the transcript:
He started making movements just five minutes after he had been handed to us, but the movements were just getting stronger and stronger and after two hours, we thought, he’s getting stronger. he’s not dead. eventually, we said to the doctor — he wouldn’t come back. we kept saying, he’s doing things that dead babies don’t do. you might want to come and see this.
he was amazed he was actually alive.
go and tell him that we’ve come to term with the baby’s death, can he just explain it? that made him come back.
The initial interview was done when the twins were five months old, with parents David and Kate Ogg.
Ann Curry did the interview, who I miss terribly on NBC.
A follow up story in March 2012 shows the twins Jamie and Emily growing and doing well.
When I read this story this morning (via a photo on Pinterest that lead me there), I could not help but this of Jahi McMath and her mother Nailah Winkfield, a mother who is fighting to keep her child on life-support to give her time to heal.
Medical miracles do happen and I continue to pray that Jahi will wake up and God will expose the horrific lie of brain death.
The Ogg’s were following a procedure that began in Australia called Kangaroo Care. Skin-to-skin contact with their mothers releases oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone,” which affects multiple areas of newborns’ brains.
Despite the evidence that it works, the medical establishment has been slow to recommend skin-to-skin contact with newborns. Ignorance about the research findings and fear of handling premature babies are two of the main obstacles, say Ludington and Spatz, who works at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“In the United States, our biggest reason is the physicians don’t know about it because it’s nursing-generated knowledge,” Ludington says. “The physicians want to see the data, but they don’t read any nursing journals.”
Fear plays a role, too, Spatz says. “I still see in most NICUs (neonatal intensive care units) that skin-to-skin is not a standard of care.” NICU babies tend to be tiny and fragile and hooked up to tubes and machines, and both nurses and parents worry about trying to move them, she says. Source
One of my big regrets was that I did not get in bed with my Jamie and hold him.
Nailah, if you can get in that bed with Jahi and hold her.