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The difference between a miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth is the length of the pregnancy and condition of the baby. Prior to 20 weeks whether the baby is dead or alive it is a miscarriage (also called spontaneous abortion). After 20 weeks if the baby has died it is a stillbirth. Once the baby is viable (currently after the 24th week) until 34 weeks a live baby would be considered premature (this varies some doctors say until 38 weeks).

So the delivery of a 34 week live baby would be considered a premature birth. There is no way it could medically be considered a miscarriage at least not in today's terminology.

If your mom did not have real contractions then she may have had an incompetent cervix which causes painless (or sometimes with mild cramping) dilation.

Some women have contractions but don't realize it since they're not painful (my MIL woke up with one of her 11 babies pushing; never had much for contractions).

Some blessed women have interrupted nerve flow to the uterus and do not feel the contractions at all.

If a woman does not have an incompetent cervix she will have contractions; whether she has one or one thousand of them it is necessary to open the cervix and expel the baby.

I do not know if there is any scientific evidence proving whether or not extreme emotional/mental distress can cause miscarriage/stillbirth or preterm labor.

I can understand why this is important for you to know. I hope I've been able to explain things clearly enough. I'm not sure what you had hoped to hear but regardless of how you came into the world it's a blessing to know you did :) .

Love and Prayers, Kelly

P.S. I am a twin. We were born 8 weeks premature. I was told for 25 years that my brother was older than me (so that I would always have an older brother to look out for me). While at a restaurant one night with my mom and a friend I told my mom rather flippantly that I've always had a hard time believing my brother was the older twin because I've always felt like *I* was the older one. She looked me straight in the eye and said: "you are". It doesn't make a difference in the world who is older but knowing made a difference to me. I'm glad that I know.
I think I didn't make my story very clear :) . My brother and I are twins and we are only a couple of minutes apart in age. So we shared our b-day but I was told growing up that my brother was the oldest (the doctor recommended this) so that I would have a "big" brother to look out for me. At 25 I found out that I was actually born first.

I'm confused as to why you feel your mom may have miscarried you at 34 weeks. A miscarriage *always* results in a nonviable baby (a baby that did not or cannot survive outside the womb). A baby [B]cannot[/B] survive a miscarriage...[B]ever[/B]. If they survive then it is *not* a miscarriage.

I have personally had a late miscarriage at 17 weeks. The labor was much like regular labor except shorter and not as painful (didn't have to dilate to 10 and no pushing stage). A "late" miscarriage is a miscarriage between 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. After 20 weeks it's considered a stillbirth. So even delivering a dead baby at 34 weeks would not be considered a miscarriage but a stillbirth.

If you could explain in more detail why you feel it was a miscarriage your mom had maybe I would be able to understand better. I'm very unclear about it. I know very well what is considered a miscarriage and what is not (I've had 5 and have read on the subject extensively) maybe I'm missing some pieces to this puzzle?

Love and Prayers, Kelly
[QUOTE=ASDGRMama]I think I didn't make my story very clear :) . My brother and I are twins and we are only a couple of minutes apart in age. So we shared our b-day but I was told growing up that my brother was the oldest (the doctor recommended this) so that I would have a "big" brother to look out for me. At 25 I found out that I was actually born first.

I'm confused as to why you feel your mom may have miscarried you at 34 weeks. A miscarriage *always* results in a nonviable baby (a baby that did not or cannot survive outside the womb). A baby [B]cannot[/B] survive a miscarriage...[B]ever[/B]. If they survive then it is *not* a miscarriage.

I have personally had a late miscarriage at 17 weeks. The labor was much like regular labor except shorter and not as painful (didn't have to dilate to 10 and no pushing stage). A "late" miscarriage is a miscarriage between 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. After 20 weeks it's considered a stillbirth. So even delivering a dead baby at 34 weeks would not be considered a miscarriage but a stillbirth.

If you could explain in more detail why you feel it was a miscarriage your mom had maybe I would be able to understand better. I'm very unclear about it. I know very well what is considered a miscarriage and what is not (I've had 5 and have read on the subject extensively) maybe I'm missing some pieces to this puzzle?

Love and Prayers, Kelly[/QUOTE]





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