Archive for Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lawrence couple struggles with premature birth scare

November 14, 2013, 5:40 p.m. Updated November 15, 2013, 11:49 a.m.


Jason Parker and Bailey Pape with their daughter, Grace, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Jason Parker and Bailey Pape with their daughter, Grace, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center

On Thursday of last week, Bailey Pape was sitting on her couch when she realized her water had broken. This would normally be an exciting occasion for an expectant mother — except Pape was nowhere near ready to deliver.

Pape and fiancee Jason Parker, who live in Lawrence, rushed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and were later transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Pape has been at the hospital on strict bed rest ever since. Parker, 27, has been traveling back and forth to the facility from his job at Gran-Daddy's Q in Lawrence. Pape, 23, had planned to continue to working at her job as a cashier at Checkers Foods in Lawrence through the end of the year, but that was before her water broke two months early. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter, Grace, who is been bouncing between the homes of friends and family.

"It's rough. I know she misses our daughter a lot being in the hospital quite a bit — that's the hardest part," Parker said of his fiancee. "And she's starting to get stir crazy."

Doctors had planned to keep the fetus in the womb for a few weeks while his lungs developed, but baby Kyler apparently couldn't wait. He was born Friday morning, clocking in at 3 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 16.75 inches.

Their friend, Courtney Williamson, found out what happened and started an online fundraising campaign at to help raise money for the young family while they deal with the tough situation. "While already having to worry about the safety and well-being of Baby Kyler, they should not have to worry about how they will keep up financially through this unfortunate timing of events," Williamson wrote in her appeal.

Parker also started a Facebook page, Kindness for Kyler, the name the couple had picked out, to keep friends abreast of what's going on.

Parker and Pape later found out that November is, appropriately enough, Prematurity Awareness Month — and that premie clothes and diapers can be expensive.


Ricci Moyer 4 years, 4 months ago

Bailey I from first hand experience know what you are going through. My daughter was born 2 months early and she was my first. It scare the living day lights out of me but I was also at Overland Park Regional and they are the best. They have one of the top rated neonatal intensive care units in the state. My daughter is now almost 14. I know how scared you are but you are in the best hands with that hospital. Keeping you all in my Prayers!

Ryan Wood 4 years, 4 months ago

My daughter was born at 30 weeks, after we were in the hospital for 11 days trying to hold her in (she had other ideas). We spent 8 weeks in the NICU. Fortunately, it was our firstborn so we didn't have to juggle an older child. It's a stressful time, but it's all worth it in the end and the NICU is full of caring nurses and great doctors. My daughter is almost 3 now and she is doing great. I can't keep up with her anymore :)

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