DailyMail: A mother has released the first photograph of the moment her premature daughter was born, hours before she passed away too small to survive. Emily Caines and her husband Alastair want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding neonatal death, after losing tine Adelaide when she was just hours old.
She was delivered at 24 weeks but was too small to survive. The couple’s treasured image of their daughter shows doctors bringing her into the world. The current law allows babies to be
terminated killed up to 24 weeks gestation – the point at which Adelaide was born.
Mrs. Caines, 25, from Yeovil in Somerset, said: “Our picture shows Adelaide was not a fetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally
terminated killed is to me horrifying. Our hospital was amazing and did all they could be Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live.”
“That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit. Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life. Sadly in this day and age some people still find that offensive or uncomfortable.”
“I find it particularly hurtful when people use the term late miscarriage to describe our daughter because she was born so early into my pregnancy. But I think this picture of her crying out shows that clearly that is not the case. I went through labor and delivery with both of my premature babies. Adelaide lived for more than an hour and will always be very much part of our lives.”
Mrs. Caines also lost her first daughter, Isabelle, who died during delivery as she arrived prematurely at 23 weeks. Mrs. Caines and her family and friends have raised money for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands in light of her daughters’ deaths. She said she hopes the picture of Adelaide’s delivery will help encourage people to talk about baby loss.
Mrs. Caines also hopes the image of Adelaide will help re-open the ongoing debate surrounding abortion reform. Read the rest of her story here.
A baby at 24 weeks: Your baby is about eight-and-a-half inches long (standard letter size!) and weighs one-and-a-half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of about six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from growing organs, bones, muscle and accumulating baby fat. Wondering what (and who) your baby will look like? If you had a baby cam at 24 weeks pregnant, you’d almost be able to tell by now. That beautiful face (though still tiny) is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.
All kinds of sounds can be heard by your baby in your womb: air exhaling from your lungs (deep breath now), those gastric gurgles produced by your stomach and intestines, your voice and your partner’s (which your baby will be able to recognize at birth) and even very loud sounds such as honking horns, barking dogs or a wailing fire truck.