Nikolai Aleksandr was born via emergency c-section at 34 weeks gestation.
I had been in the High Risk Maternity Ward for a month due to a prematurely aged placenta, restricted umbilical cord blood flow, pre-eclampsia, low amniotic fluid, and they had a suspicion that he was missing a chamber of his heart and would not live 3 hours past birth.
I received weekly ultrasounds to monitor the umbilical cord blood flow and after the last, they decided to induce. After having contractions 2-4 minutes apart for 36 hours, his heart rate began to drop. I got an emerg. c-section within 20 minutes.
This picture was taken after he was about a week old. After birth he was rushed to the NICU where he was put on oxygen and had an ultrasound on his chest, which confirmed that he did NOT have a hole in his heart, and would survive. He weighed 4 lb 14 oz and was 18 inches long. He had a feeding tube placed that stayed for most of his 2 week NICU stay.
This picture was taken on Easter, at 16 months old. Pardon the runny nose.