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Mother's good-bye saves her baby! (absolutely amazing story - with photos)
Salesians ^ | August 27, 2009 | Padre Steve

Posted on 08/30/2009 3:08:17 PM PDT by NYer

This is a miracle and an amazing story! Thanks to the milk of human kindness on this one:


When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her.

Doctors had told the parents that baby Rachel only had only minutes to live because her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing.

Isbister remembers:

I didn’t want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold.

It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment.” Then something remarkable happened. The warmth of her mother’s skin kick started Rachael’s heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own.

We couldn’t believe it – and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry.

The doctors came in and said there was still no hope – but I wasn’t letting go of her. We had her blessed by the hospital chaplain, and waited for her to slip away. But she still hung on.

And then amazingly the pink color began to return to her cheeks. She literally was turning from gray to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too.

The sad part is that when the baby was born, doctors took one look at her and said ‘no’.

They didn’t even try to help her with her breathing as they said it would just prolong her dying. Everyone just gave up on her,” her mom remembered.

At 24 weeks a womb infection had led to her premature labor and birth and Isbister (who also has two children Samuel, 10, and Kirsten, 8 ) said, “We were terrified we were going to lose her. I had suffered three miscarriages before, so we didn’t think there was much hope.” When Rachael was born she was grey and lifeless.

Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: “All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do.

Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother’s love saved her daughter.”

Rachael was moved onto a ventilator where she continued to make steady progress and was tube and syringe fed her mother’s pumped breastmilk.

Isbister said, “The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope. She had done it all on her own – without any medical intervention or drugs. She had clung on to life – and it was all because of that cuddle. It had warmed up her body and regulated her heart and breathing enough for her to start fighting.

At 5 weeks she was taken off the ventilator and began breastfeeding on her own. At four months Rachel went home with her parents, weighing 8lbs – the same as any other healthy newborn. Because Rachel had suffered from a lack of oxygen doctors said there was a high risk of damage to her brain. But a scan showed no evidence of any problems and today Rachel is on par with her peers.

Rachel’s mom tells us, “She is doing so well. When we brought her home, the doctors told us that she was a remarkable little girl. And most of all, she just loves her cuddles. She will sleep for hours, just curled into my chest. It was that first cuddle which saved her life – and I’m just so glad I trusted my instinct and picked her up when I did. Otherwise she wouldn’t be here today.”

When a parent holds their baby on their chest, skin-to-skin, it is referred to as Kangaroo Mother Care.

The benefits for all babies of KMC are that they stabilize faster with skin-to-skin care than in an incubator (very few stabilize in an incubator well during the first six hours of life). KMC babies also have stable oxygen rates and breathing thanks to the steady regulation of Mother’s respiration. The heart rate is stable (mother’s heartbeat regulates baby’s heartbeat). The temperature is most stable on the mother – in skin-to-skin care mothers chest automatically warms to warm a cold baby, and mothers core temperature drops if her baby has a temperature.

Sleeping within an arm’s reach of baby (as long as a parent does not smoke) also regulates all of his physiological needs in the same way ~ they are kept steady thanks to Mom’s warm, even-paced body. We lose far fewer babies to prematurity, irregularity of breathing or heartbeat after birth, and SIDS all with the natural help of skin-to-skin holding, or Kangaroo Care.

Read More About skin-to-skin benefits for ALL babies (full term and premature) here: kangaroomothercare.com



TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: father; fatherslove; miracleofbaby; moralabsolutes; motherslove; paternal; paternity; prolife; socializedmedicine
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1 posted on 08/30/2009 3:08:17 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Wonderful story!


2 posted on 08/30/2009 3:09:28 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Works well for babies that are not premature. My daughter used to scream with colic. One night I fell asleep with her in my arms. It was the first night either one of got any sleep.


3 posted on 08/30/2009 3:09:56 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
WWOD?

What Would Obama Do?

4 posted on 08/30/2009 3:12:28 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: NYer

Blurry screen. Have to go call my Mom and thank her again for those 40 hours of labor and the breech birth she endured for me. *SNIF*


5 posted on 08/30/2009 3:12:33 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: NYer

That is interesting. I remember our second Daughter had colic and the only thing which seemed to soothe her was when her Mother put her on her stomach.


6 posted on 08/30/2009 3:14:51 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: NYer

>>The sad part is that when the baby was born, doctors took one look at her and said ‘no’.<<

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Sounds like a story from ObamaCare.


7 posted on 08/30/2009 3:16:33 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: NYer

Too bad some doctors can’t see past their books to use common sense.


8 posted on 08/30/2009 3:18:00 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: NYer
This part REALLY bothers me! >:-(

“The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care..."

Babies having to PROVE they are worthy of life-saving procedures?!?!

Let me guess--NHS?!? >:-(

BTW, this child is the kind of child HolyO voted AGAINST saving with the botched abortion bill--SHAME ON HIM. >:-(
9 posted on 08/30/2009 3:19:46 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: NYer

Where, sniff, is my box of tissues? Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 08/30/2009 3:30:59 PM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: pillut48

I checked this out with a simple bing search. She is most definatly from the UK. This is exactly the kind of health care Obama wants for us. Why spend any money trying to save the little baby. She is just not worth it.


11 posted on 08/30/2009 3:35:06 PM PDT by KungFuBrad (White Devil http://whitedevilredangel.mee.nu/)
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To: NYer

Thank you for this wonderful post. It made my good day so much better. While there is life there is hope.


12 posted on 08/30/2009 3:36:04 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: NYer

Where did this take place? I read the whole article and can’t find a city, state, or any other indication of where it happened.


13 posted on 08/30/2009 3:37:36 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter

Never mind. Somebody posted that it’s from the UK. It sounded like a UK story, but I wanted to be sure.


14 posted on 08/30/2009 3:38:24 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: NYer

That is so awesome. Lovely story.


15 posted on 08/30/2009 3:39:35 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/)
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To: fullchroma; NYer

“Where, sniff, is my box of tissues? Thanks for posting”

me too, love great stories of survial and happy endings, great post.


16 posted on 08/30/2009 3:42:00 PM PDT by housemouse 1
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To: mountn man

Question of the day right there.


17 posted on 08/30/2009 3:43:08 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: KungFuBrad
She is most definatly from the UK. This is exactly the kind of health care Obama wants for us.

Does this mean that because the government wasn't willing to spend any money on keeping her alive that this child doesn't have to pay income taxes when she grows up?

Since the government wasn't willing to "invest" in a future taxpayer they should forfeit the right to collect any taxes from her. (Like that will ever happen)

18 posted on 08/30/2009 3:45:56 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: NYer

Yeah, this is the way we raised all six of ours.


19 posted on 08/30/2009 3:46:28 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: pillut48
“The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care..."

But the doctor was thinking, "This preemie was going to cost us a whole lot of money, but now a lawsuit might cost a whole lot more..."
20 posted on 08/30/2009 3:48:40 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Auntie Dem
Does this mean that because the government wasn't willing to spend any money on keeping her alive that this child doesn't have to pay income taxes when she grows up?

Now that's an interesting idea!

Great, touching story.

21 posted on 08/30/2009 3:53:34 PM PDT by livius
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To: NYer

God is indeed around us!

mrs


22 posted on 08/30/2009 3:54:14 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (New Jersey has no soul, only taxes)
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To: NYer; STARWISE

What a beautiful story.
Thanks for posting.
Ping! to Starwise


23 posted on 08/30/2009 3:57:57 PM PDT by siamesecats
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To: NYer

What an incredible story!


24 posted on 08/30/2009 4:01:55 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: mountn man

we know.don’t we?


25 posted on 08/30/2009 4:16:43 PM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: NYer

All Drs no matter who, what, when, where or why should ALWAYS AND FOREVER do all they can to save the life of a newborn baby and when there is absolutely nothing else left they haven’t tried...then they can know they did absolutely everything they could to save this new life. Then and only then do they have the authority to tell the parents there is no hope left. There is ALWAYS hope. The mother’s instincts and desire to keep the baby warm was what saved her life. The photo of the mom and dad holding that little life is so heartwarming. NO DOC has a right to say NO without trying things.

Yes folks...this is EXCATLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THIS HORRIFIC, VILE HEALTHCARE BILL IS PASSED. Keep fighting.


26 posted on 08/30/2009 4:25:55 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: NYer

BTTT!


27 posted on 08/30/2009 4:31:24 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: mountn man

“What Would Obama Do?”

Personally toss her into a garbage can.

Militant


28 posted on 08/30/2009 4:46:25 PM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: NYer

BLURRY SCREEN ALLERT!!!


29 posted on 08/30/2009 4:48:45 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: NYer
When a parent holds their baby on their chest, skin-to-skin, it is referred to as Kangaroo Mother Care.

I used to love doing this with my sons.

Doesn't this mean they all have to be named Joey?

30 posted on 08/30/2009 4:49:08 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: NYer

“The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope. She had done it all on her own – without any medical intervention or drugs. She had clung on to life – and it was all because of that cuddle. It had warmed up her body and regulated her heart and breathing enough for her to start fighting.”

Deserved, Doctors say the baby only deserved to be saved once she proved to be a fighter.

F-ck that. Every baby deserves to be saved.


31 posted on 08/30/2009 5:05:32 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: NYer

Some of us are attachment parents.
We knew this already.

My girls stayed in my room, co-sleeping until almost a year old.

It’s a very new occurrence in society to dump your newborn in another room. To me it was terrifying and no way would I let it happen.


32 posted on 08/30/2009 5:36:55 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: NYer

My first was a 30-week preemie and had terrible bouts of colic. Her mother had post-partum and was a wreck so I would don a pair of headphones and rock my baby for hours.

I’m a believer in KMC - even when it isn’t a mom giving it...


33 posted on 08/30/2009 5:41:10 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Kartographer; cgk; Coleus

too late for me

pinging some prolife folks

make sure you alert the ping list that the screen gets blurry


34 posted on 08/30/2009 5:52:49 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: NYer

Amazing! Gave me goose-bumps! What a lucky family!


35 posted on 08/30/2009 6:05:12 PM PDT by RaiderRose (Wise men wonder while strong men die. --Breaking Benjamin)
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To: NYer

Wonderful, indeed. KMC should be standard protocol in these situations. Now if they just had a cure for the blurry font syndrome these posts seem to bring.


36 posted on 08/30/2009 6:30:52 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

No, there is a certain age where baby is not going to make it. odds way too high.


37 posted on 08/30/2009 6:31:58 PM PDT by Chickensoup (minestra di pollo)
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To: bvw

Actualllly in some parts of Europe this kangaroo care is the standard incubator care for babies. Babies often do better next to mom and another heart can stablize the baby. Premie twins do better in the same incubator. The stronger twin stablizes the weaker on.


38 posted on 08/30/2009 6:34:03 PM PDT by Chickensoup (minestra di pollo)
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To: netmilsmom
I had to threaten my nurses to bring me my baby to me, or I was going to get up and go get her myself, a few scant hours after a C-section.
I was perfectly serious, and absolutely intent on my course of action.
Fortunately, I had a friend in attendance who managed to convince the head nurse that not only would I do exactly what I threatened, but that any attempt to stop me would be met with violence if thwarted.
I had already endured several months of doctors telling me my baby would most probably not live, and I was certain they were wrong.
My maternal instincts were proven to be 100% correct.
My child was and remains healthy and normal.
We endured several years of extensive medical tests to prove that, but there were no extraordinary medical measures needed to help her survive and thrive. None.
Yet I was advised thorough my entire pregnancy that my child would not be born normal or healthy.
We were either magically blessed, or the medical professionals were so wrong because they had a script in mind that we did not follow.
I can only imagine how very hard life is for the parent whose child does actually require a bit of “extra medical care” to even survive.
Having actually have been forced to make “the choice” myself, of having to argue and fight the medical community to allow my baby be to be born alive, and having been told the chances are she would not be a healthy or normal child... I am obviously not all that supportive of those who think “a woman's choice” involves celebrating the vile option of a legal, socially acceptable, medically induced abortion.
39 posted on 08/30/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by sarasmom (No incombant re-elected, at any level of government office.(Period))
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To: sarasmom

You are a great mom.
Lord Love you!


40 posted on 08/30/2009 6:49:55 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Chickensoup

That makes sense.


41 posted on 08/30/2009 6:50:37 PM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw

Instincts are the best, I am the father of two girls and until 6 months of age, I would rock them in a bassinet by my bed and/or hold them until they went asleep. Both children slept soundly at 1 month of age.

Now they are teens and I spend all the time I can doing the things they want to do with them but not spoiling them with things.

They will be grown and gone soon enough...


42 posted on 08/30/2009 7:48:55 PM PDT by whiterhino
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To: NYer

Neonates have a problem with thermo-regulation.

A premi even more so.

God’s plan is marvelous.


43 posted on 08/30/2009 7:56:42 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: sarasmom

Kudos from a fellow ‘Sarah’s Mom’! :*)


44 posted on 08/30/2009 8:51:27 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: netmilsmom

It’s a very new occurrence in society to dump your newborn in another room. To me it was terrifying and no way would I let it happen.
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Yeah. Welcome to the world. Now, go lie there alone for a couple hours.

I was so upset by that when I saw it on the hospital tour that I made my husband promise to stay with the baby wherever they took her, until they brought her back to my room. He did that with both our kids, bringing a magazine, stroking the baby in the crib during that “observation period” or whatever it was, and reading to the baby.

I also appreciate the attachment parenting comments by other people on this thread.


45 posted on 08/30/2009 9:11:23 PM PDT by married21
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To: NYer

My babies slept either on my chest or my husband’s until they were about 6 months old.


46 posted on 08/30/2009 9:13:32 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: siamesecats; silent_jonny; DollyCali; ohioWfan; DrDeb; LUV W; MS.BEHAVIN; Kathy in Alaska; ...

PING!


47 posted on 08/30/2009 9:55:55 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: fatima

~Ding!


48 posted on 08/30/2009 9:58:04 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE; NYer

wow.. what an upper in the already world of downers lately.

Thanks for the ping STARWISE - a remarkable story of love


49 posted on 08/30/2009 11:41:12 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!you)
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To: married21

I don’t understand why the concept of keeping your baby with you is so hard.

I saw moms who have the babies in another room, put the child in a carrier and a stroller whenever possible. They would then tick at me because I couldn’t breastfeed. It was “bonding time” and so lovely.

Well the only time I didn’t have a baby on me WAS feeding time! They were constantly on my hip.


50 posted on 08/31/2009 4:09:55 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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