Rhiannon Smith’s journey to motherhood was not an easy one. From severe morning sickness to a large subchorionic hematoma, Rhiannon faced numerous complications during her pregnancy. But the biggest challenge came when she was diagnosed with preterm premature rupture of membranes, and her baby was born at just 27 weeks via an emergency c-section.

Rhiannon’s baby, Oliver James, weighed just 940g and was 32cm long. He needed help with breathing, blood transfusions, and had surgery for an inguinal hernia. Rhiannon herself was still recovering from the traumatic birth, but she took it all in her stride.

After more than 130 days in hospital, Oliver was finally able to come home. Rhiannon says that the journey was tough, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. She advises other mothers going through a similar experience to take it one day at a time, celebrate each milestone, get lots of photos, and take care of themselves too.

Rhiannon’s story is a testament to the strength and resilience of mothers, who can endure unimaginable challenges for the sake of their children. It is also a reminder that despite the difficulties, there is always hope, and that with love and support, anything is possible.

Rhiannon and Oliver’s story is an inspiration to all those who have faced adversity, and a reminder that the human spirit is capable of incredible things.

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