As parents, they want nothing more than a healthy baby. Being born Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇly and seeing your baby struggling to survive is definitely ᴛᴇʀʀɪғʏing, especially for first-time parents.
Just as she knows how worried her parents will be for her and isn’t sure if she’ll make it through, this Minnesota baby Gɪʀʟ seems like she knows exactly what to do. Precious daughter to Lauren Vinje and her husband David, a baby Gɪʀʟ named Freya was born several weeks Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ, becoming hooked on a ventilator and feeding tube before her parents brought her home.
Vinje developed preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication characterized by high ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ pressure at 28 weeks of pregnancy and had a difficult Dᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ. Vinje said: “Everything was going well up to that point. I knew soᴍᴇᴛʜing was wrong. When I got so swollen I couldn’t fit my hands together around my ankles. Then I started seeing flashing lights.”
Despite that, the strong mother made it through to 34 weeks under the advice of her doctors—but her worries didn’t stop there. Vinje was induced but she learned that Freya had turned sideways—so she would have to be ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ by emergency section. After a hard time in the labor, Freya finally emerged. She looked small and fragile but proved that she’s a ғɪɢʜᴛer from the get-go.
“She is perfect, is ours, and deserves every single thing we went through to bring her into this world,” Vinje said.
Despite the Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ birth, what happened five days later offers hope to all anxious first-time parents. Freya was beaming in her bed in the NICU and that adorable moment was captured on camera.
“I wanted to get the picture out there because it has brought us so much joy. It puts a smile on our faces and we thought it could do that for others as well. She’s a constant reminder to keep things in perspective and stay positive,” told Vinje to People.
Looking at the photo, so many parents have been inspired by Freya’s strong will and success journey. They also shared photos of their Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ babies!