Mum left ‘terrified’ as ‘miracle’ baby born before brain had fully developed

Parents of Sonny Studholme, from Cumbria, delivered early at just 30 weeks, have told of the terrifying moment as his brain was not fully developed and he wasn’t breathing

Parents of a baby born 10 weeks prematurely have told of the terrifying moment he needed specialist treatment as his brain was not fully developed and he wasn’t breathing.

Sonny Studholme was delivered early at just 30 weeks, weighing 3lbs 2oz, and his mum Julie Guardhouse said that he needed to be transferred from Carlisle to a hospital in Newcastle for urgent care.

Julie was having severe bleeding which led to medics deciding that the baby needed to be delivered early, reported LancsLive.

“From 24/25 weeks I was having bad bleeds,” she said. “This happened several times and on each occasion, we jumped in the car and rushed to the hospital.

“Each time I was kept in for at least 24 hours to be monitored then let home if everything was okay.

“On two occasions I lost more than a pint of blood, the second time they decided to bring Sonny early at 30 weeks gestation.”

Julie and partner Alex Studholme, from Wigton, had been told that the baby might needed to be delivered prematurely and at 27 weeks Julie was given medication to develop Sonny’s lungs in the case this did happen.

Julie said it was still a “huge shock” when the call was made to deliver her son.

“It was a huge shock even though we were told that this may be the case. I was then placed on a drip containing medication that would protect and develop Sonny’s brain due to him being so early,” she said.

“Alex was then told to put on some scrubs while they whipped me off to get an epidural.

“Within 10 minutes of us being in theatre our beautiful baby boy, Sonny Mark Studholme, was born.

“Alex was able to see him, but only for a second as he needed specialist care due to him not breathing when he came out. We were both overwhelmed with happiness that we had become parents for the first time.”

When Julie and Alex were out of the operating theatre, Alex was able to see Sonny for the first time and he video called Julie from the special care baby unit.

Later Sonny was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle because he needed specialist care to help with his breathing.

Julie continued: “This was very stressful as I was unable to go due to haemorrhaging during the C-section and I needed to rest. This meant that Alex needed to go home and pack a bag as he would be travelling to Newcastle that day to stay with him.”

Alex said: “It was a really stressful time, especially when the bleeds started as we both automatically thought the worst.

“As they continued, I had to take time off work stay with Julie in case of another heavy bleed and we needed to rush to the hospital.

“Once Sonny was born and we were transferred to Newcastle it was so overwhelming I didn’t really have time to think about what had just happened, it all came so quick that I was unable to think about anything other than hoping he was going to be ok.”

Both Julie and Alex had to wait three days before they were able to hold their son for the first time. They’d been able to touch him through the incubator hole, but he couldn’t leave it until he got stronger.

Julie added: “It was terrifying when we first held him as he was so small and we were terrified at how fragile he might be especially with all the wires he was attached to.

“It was really hard not being able to hold him when we wanted, but that first hold was amazing and the moment we really felt like parents.

“The staff at both hospitals were absolutely phenomenal. From caring for Sonny to reassuring and looking after myself and Alex.

“As first-time parents, it is always daunting, but having a baby 10 weeks early is terrifying.”