Holding your baby for the first time is a precious moment that every parent looks forward to. But for Angela and Michael Bakker they had to wait an agonising two weeks after the birth of their daughter to be able to hold her. Angela and Michael were excited for the birth of their first child and were steadily preparing for her arrival. But their baby girl ended up arriving a lot sooner than they thought. At just 25 weeks pregnant, Angela went into labour.
Giving birth to a baby 15 weeks early is extremely premature and the chances of their baby girl surviving were very slim. Naming their tiny daughter Naomi Joy, the couple prepared themselves for the worst.
But thanks to the hard work of the staff at Renown Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Naomi was getting better with each day. So two weeks after her delivery, it was finally safe for them to allow her parents to hold her.
Skin-to-skin is a very important factor for a baby after birth. Named ‘kangaroo care’, it is believed that skin-to-skin contact can help the development of preemie babies. But due to Naomi’s delicate condition, she was stuck inside a plastic NICU bubble, so her parents weren’t allowed to hold her.
The moment where Angela and Michael were finally able to hold their baby girl was one of pure joy. Little Naomi is tiny and could easily fit in the palm of her mother’s hand. With eight NICU nurses helping to transfer Naomi from her bubble to her mother’s chest, she is finally able to peacefully nuzzle with her mom.
It is a truly beautiful moment and must have been such a relief for her mom and dad to be able to know that she is doing well enough for such progress. The look of love and happiness on Angela’s face is enough to move you to tears as she finally gets to hold her baby for the first time.
Watch the video below to see the heartwarming moment where Naomi is finally united with her parents. Share the story with your friends and be sure to leave your well wishes for the family in the comments below. 🐝