Maysa Shares Her Preemie Story with The World
- Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz recording artist, Maysa, writes an original song for March of Dimes for World Prematurity Day, November 17.
- Maysa’s pregnancy journey includes giving birth to her son at 25 weeks in a foreign country.
- Maysa shares her experience of having a preemie baby, helping others feel less alone.
You can start at the end or the beginning, and the story is equally heartbreaking and inspiring.
Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz recording artist Maysa struggled through the different stages of her pregnancy while she was on tour and traveling around the world for her music. “Every month I was sick,” she says. “I went to a hospital in probably every city we went to.”
At 25 weeks she went into premature labor. She had her son, Jazz, in Japan, and the hospital was “concerned that he wasn’t going to be able to survive the night,” while she wondered: ‘What did I do to deserve this and why did my baby deserve this?’
Like most moms who give birth early, “I was totally unprepared to have a premature baby—I didn’t think it would happen to me,” she says. She could hardly believe how it felt the first time she got to hold him. “They put him in my hand—that’s how small he was,” she says, and she cried.
Jazz made it through his early health struggles and surgery, including one to save his eyesight. But Maysa’s struggles throughout the motherhood journey were just beginning. Because her son came so early, her body wasn’t producing milk. “Japanese mothers donated milk for him—that was awesome,” she says.
Jazz spent two and a half months in a NICU Japan, which would’ve been tough enough, but during that time, Maysa’s work Visa expired, and she had to leave Jazz in Japan while she returned home to the U.S.
“That was the hardest part—to come home,” without Jazz, she says. She called the hospital every day—"two and three times a day to check on him,” she says. The day he came home was, in her own words, “one of the happiest days of my life.”
Jazz is now 19-years-old and in college. “He is strong and healthy and brilliant and talented,” says Maysa. She is a proud mom who wants to help other women get the support they need to have strong babies.
Maysa has written and recorded an original song called “You Are Not Alone” for March of Dimes. It is about her experience having a preemie baby and will help people understand that they are not alone, no matter what they’re going through. “Everybody goes through a lot in this life,” she says. “To get my story out right now is very important—to share with women who have premature babies because it’s a very devastating feeling to not know if your baby is going to survive.”
Maysa is a proud mom and supporter of March of Dimes. Find out more about what you can do to help this World Prematurity Day, November 17, and throughout November for Prematurity Awareness Month.
“I love March of Dimes—I’m grateful that they were there for me,” she says.
Read the press release.