Amber Vogler gave birth to identical twin girls prematurely.
The Golden Hour is the uninterrupted skin-to-skin time experienced by mother and baby in the hour immediately following birth.
As mothers of preemies, we often wait for days, and sometimes weeks to hold our babies for the first time.
And though we’ve waited, when the time comes for us to revisit the golden hour we missed following our births, we feel just as bonded to our babies, and the moment is equally unforgettable.
Amber share’s her story.
During your pregnancy, when you thought about meeting your babies for the first time, what did you hope for, what did you see?
I hoped to deliver VBAC, healthy babies I could cuddle and take home. Everything would be picture perfect. And my family would be complete.
How many weeks pregnant were you when you gave birth?
30 weeks and 6 days
What were your babies’ birth weights?
3lbs 3oz and 3lbs 2oz
When did you see your babies for the first time?
For a brief second after the c-section, and then 12-hours later.
Do you remember the first time you touched your babies?
Yes. I held their little hands on my finger.
Were you able hold your babies immediately after the birth?
No, I held one after my catheter was removed at 12 hours. And the other 2 days later when she was a little more stable.
How did it feel, to finally hold your babies in your arms?
Relieved to hold my baby that was breathing on her own. Scared to hold my baby on cpap.
What would you say to the mother, who’s just given birth prematurely and hasn’t held her baby yet?
It gets better. Just being there for your baby is all they need. When their little body is ready you will get to hold them.