GIVING birth to twins was scary enough – but when Ange Cutler had to have an emergency caesarian at 34 weeks, she was terrified.
Mrs Cutler is just one of the many Wagga mums of premature babies who will be wearing green for World Premmies Day today.
Her twins, Jonas and Leo weighed 2065 grams and 2340 grams respectively.
They were both 43.5 and 45 centimetres long.
Mrs Cutler’s first exposure to premature babies happened at a young age.
Her brother was born premature.
Her mother, Carol, had a remarkably different experience.
“A lot has changed since then, there is more care and a lot more knowledge,” Mrs Cutler said.
Mrs Cutler wants the community to be more aware about the difficulties mothers of premature babies face.
“There is so much learning in those last few weeks of pregnancy for the babies that premature babies don’t experience,” Mrs Cutler said.
“Things like not being able to feed properly – that is difficult.”
Mrs Cutler now feeds her sons a mix of breast milk and formula and says they have developed very well.
Jonas weights 4 kilograms and Leo weighs 3.8 kilograms.
“They’ve done really well, they’ve smiled – being premature is not holding them back.”
Mrs Cutler’s children stayed at Calvary for four weeks.
“The nurses were excellent and Dr Rehana Lulania taught me alot.”