The little baby S that was struggling in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is much improved. The doctors are stunned, cautiously optimistic. I'm not. God is a God of miracles. Hundreds of prayer warriors were alerted and praying for this baby and for the mama who was not allowed to touch or even speak to her newborn son in severe respiratory distress.
I spent the morning yesterday texting the grandmom and coaching her on how to advocate for her daughter to be allowed to touch her baby. (See yesterday's blog if you missed the back story.) The grandmom was concerned. She didn't want to make waves. She was worried she would make the doctors mad, and it would harm her daughter's or new grandson's care.
Having just been through a hospital surgery where there were some serious mishaps, I totally understood. However, I continued texting her on what to say, and how to advocate for her daughter. I also sent her some research links which all support the healing power of skin to skin contact with the sick newborn and his mama, instructing her to show them to the doctor.
Then, I called my beloved nurse friend Sherry and asked if she could help me find a doctor and advocate who could intercede for this mom in her area. (The mom lives too far away for me to have any contacts.) Sherry hopped on it instantly, found a doctor that to both our surprise had connections to the hospital, and within an hour, an advocate was meeting with the mom.
Meanwhile, timid Grandma went to the doctors. (Be kind, but firm, I told her.) She told them that the baby needed its mama's touch and that as long as he was monitored, could they let her daughter touch and speak to her newborn son? She was surprised when they acquiesced.
The mama began stroking her son gently. She spoke to him. He knew her voice. He'd heard it for nine months in the womb.
The baby opened his eyes. His breathing improved. His color returned to normal. He began filling his diapers. And the grandma texted me, "He looks so good! He looked right at me and I just cried, praising God."
The sweet baby is not out of the woods yet. Please keep praying.
"God is good," the grandmom texted me, later in the day.
"Yes, he is," I said, "He is always good even when the circumstances are bad. We have to trust him through the good and the bad, and know that His purposes are for eternity, not just here on earth."
"We all have to go through something for a testimony to help someone else," she said.
"Yes. And also to help us understand that God is there for us, even when life stinks," I said.
"Trust and believe," said the grandmom, "Just like when she came to the NC abortion clinic. I knew it was God and the way you and the people you contacted helped her. She knows it was God that saved her baby."
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