In 1956 my husband Einar and I and our 1 1/2 year old son moved to Saskatoon where Einar was to be employed at Palm Dairies. I was a stay-at-home mom. We rented a small apartment and were soon settled in. At this time, I again became pregnant, all was well till at 5 months I had problems so was ordered to be on bed rest for the remaining term. I was fortunate to be in Saskatoon where I was under the care of Specialist Dr. Stewart Kennear.
This went on for seven weeks at which time I hemorrhaged and was taken to City Hospital where Dr. Kennear & Dr, Holmes took charge of the delivery of our baby girl, 3 lbs. 3 oz. Shirley Ann. She was so tiny but so strong.
At first, she was fed by a tube, then something I think as called a break feeder, which had a bulb on one end to squeeze and allow a little milk through the nipple, then later a regular bottle. She required breast milk the first 2 months so I had to deliver that every day. She was such a sleepy head, very hard to keep awake. About a week before she could come home, I got to hold and feed her. 🙂 I must say sleep was rather scarce at our house for a while but it was such a joy to see her grow and thrive.
I thank God for the great care we received from the Drs and Nurses and Staff in the NICU.
Our success is warranted to the tremendous support Bloom receives from local community through corporate sponsorship and from the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. A variety of sponsorship packages are available.