United States of America · 6 Days · 4 Moments · September 2016

Devon’s Journey


11 September 2016

Once Devon was born he was intubated and the UCSD medical team stabilized him for transfer to the NICU while I was stitched up. The doctor told me when he was stabilized, she also said that when he was born he opened his eyes, started kicking and tried to breath and cry. I feared for my new born son, I would not get to see him for 10 hours or so while I recovered from surgery but Christian was with him as soon as he was stabilized.
Unfortunately Devon’s heart rate was very concerning, detailed ultra sounds continued to show him moving, “breathing” and behaving as he should but his heart rate would not stabilize and neither would my blood pressure. The call was made to deliver Devon via C-Section in the afternoon on Labor Day while he was still responding appropriately and while I was on magnesium to control my blood pressure.

10 September 2016

I had been in the hospital for 5 days due to Pre-Eclampsia, during that time I was transferred to a hospital with a level 3 NICU. The doctors struggled to get my blood pressure under control and kept a close eye on Devon’s vitals in utero while giving me serphactine injections to prepare Devon’s premature lungs to process air.

5 September 2016

Devon James Vogt-Crawford surprised us all when he arrived on September 5th, 2016, 13 weeks early, at 1 pound 10 ounces (730 grams).