Lucas' story

"Not being able to hold him was hard, he was so small"

Bronwyn was so excited to be pregnant—but not that her baby was due on Christmas Day! She hoped her baby would come a few weeks early to separate his birthday from Christmas.

Born at 28 weeks—much earlier than Bronwyn had hoped—baby Lucas spent 40 days in Mater Mothers' Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU).

Not being able to feel her baby moving much, Bronwyn saw her doctor in Toowoomba when she was 27 weeks pregnant.

“I was rushed by ambulance to Mater Mothers' in Brisbane immediately. It was discovered my cervix was shortening and I was at risk of going into labour at any time,” Bronwyn said.

Bronwyn was given steroids and magnesium sulphate to give her baby the best chance of staying in that bit longer.

Little Lucas held on for an extra week before being delivered and rushed to Mater's NCCU.

“Lucas was breathing at birth but needed help and had to be ventilated,” she said.

“The first few days were very emotional. Not being able to hold him was hard, he was so small. We had to wait five days before I could hold him.

“You think when your baby is born, that mum and dad are the sole carers but not for us, there were so many people in the room all the time,” she said.

“Having to leave my baby each day was so hard but I knew that he was in the best hands with all the staff.

“Mater Little Miracles means the world to us. If Mater’s NCCU wasn’t here, Lucas wouldn’t be either.

“I’m so grateful to all the staff for their support during this journey, it’s one you can’t believe until you’re on it,” she said.

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