On the 10th of September, Kayla Richardson gave birth to 3 girls. Olivia, Shiloh and Sanaa were born after just 24 weeks and six days, and each one weighed little more than a pound. During the three months they have been staying in intensive care, the mother has posted photos of her progress on her Instagram account.
“I know it’ll be stressful sometimes, but I have come to see these girls as a blessing and I thank God for giving me these beautiful and healthy girls”. Richardson’s photo received more than 1,200 likes and appeared on other Instagram accounts, where the story of her family was shared with the rest of the world.
The babies’ road so far has not been easy. Richardson had hiperemesis gravidarum early in her pregnancy and had to visit the emergency room many times for intravenous treatment. Since her pregnancy was classified as high risk, her doctor recommended a cesarean scheduled for 13 November, at 34 weeks.
But during week 22, Richardson’s water broke and she was admitted to hospital. She was there for two weeks before giving birth. She remembers feeling anxious and uncertain about what would happen to her children.
“I remember that people on Instagram were supporting me all the time, asking what happened with the triplets that they were born at 24 weeks. That made me feel like my girls and I had a chance,” she added. Richardson said she also spoke with other parents of premature babies and found their love and support very encouraging. That’s why Richardson decided to keep moving forward and share her journey when the triplets were born.
Richardson also said she felt “whole and complete” in the moment when she knew her girls were okay. When they were born, a team of nurses and clinicians took the girls to emergency because of the respiratory problems they had.
Richardson admits that when she woke up from the cesarean, she feared the worst. “When I saw my girls hooked up to so many tubes and machines I felt horrible. It broke my heart to see them like that and wanting to see them healthy and strong”, she said. “My time to protect the babies in my womb was over and I couldn’t do anything about it. It made me feel powerless.”
Richardson found the strength and purpose needed with the feeding sessions for her babies. She received the encouragement of her family, who reminded her how important her role would be in her daughters’ progress. Mom also thanked all of the doctors and nurses who attended to her daughters and made it possible for them to return home safe and healthy.