Walk for babies who defy the odds
Indiana Harley still remembers the horrible realisation when her waters broke 24 weeks into her pregnancy that her baby might not survive.
But doctors at King Edward Memorial Hospital were able to coax the pregnancy through to 30 weeks, when Ms Harley had an emergency caesarean after developing an infection. Her son Jackson was born on June 19 this year, 10 weeks early, and spent the next eight weeks in hospital.
Ms Harley said she was still traumatised by the experience and had a new understanding of the stress parents with premature babies faced.
“We were lucky that Jackson was pretty healthy when he was born, although he had to be intubated for eight days for his breathing,” she said.
“It was very traumatic going to the hospital each day to see Jackson and then going home without him.”
Ms Harley is taking part in the Walk for Prems in South Perth on October 29 to raise money for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation which supports families with premature babies.
Details are at walkforprems.org.au
Indiana Harley with her four-month-old son Jackson Williamson.