'It's been a rollercoaster': Aussie fitness influencer gives birth to baby weighing 800g

Aussie influencer gives birth to baby weighing only 800g
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Aussie influencer gives birth to baby weighing only 800g

An Australian fitness influencer had a rocky start to motherhood, giving birth to her daughter three months early. The tiny baby girl weighed only 800g at birth - about the same weight as a loaf of bread.

Emily Kate Robinson, from Queensland, was still 14 weeks away from her due date. But after feeling "off" for a few days, she began experiencing painful contractions and went to Sunshine Coast Hospital.

"When I got to the hospital, doctors said I was already 3cm dilated and needed to get to Mater Mothers' Hospital in South Brisbane – a specialised facility – if I was to have my baby this early," the new mum said. "So, we got into an ambulance and made it here in 40 minutes".

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In an Instagram post, Emily described the birth as "the most crazy 48 hours of my life", trying to delay contractions to "give her more time inside me but she was determined to come out!" Robinson gave birth to her daughter, Lily Kate, via an emergency caesarean on June 22, 2022.

The new mum said there are "no massive complications with mumma but a big journey ahead in the best hands here. I never once thought she wasn't going to make it. She's a fighter".

Lily Kate is currently receiving care at Mater Mothers' Hospital. According to Mater Mothers' Acting Director of Neonatology Dr Luke Jardine, babies like Lily Kate who are born at 26 weeks have about an 85% chance of surviving.

Robinson said seeing her daughter in the NICU is bittersweet.

"Learning to navigate motherhood while my baby is in the hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been at times challenging but also rewarding. I love watching her get bigger and stronger," she said.

"I feel I am so strong when I'm with my girl and every worry and pain goes out the window but the moment I have to leave her, all the emotions and physical pain catches up!

"To not be able to take her home, breastfeed her like most, be 100km away from home, heal from the C-section, not get one birthing class in and honestly just being so unprepared, as most would be with three and half months to go in their pregnancy," she shared on Instagram.

"It's been a rollercoaster of a journey, but we are so grateful for the care Lilly Kate is receiving at Mater Mothers', we can see her improving every day, her weight is slowly creeping up.”

If you need support or information about premature birth in New Zealand visit littlemiraclestrust.org.nz.

This article was first published on 9 Honey and is republished with permission.