Learning that their family would be expanding by three brought with it both joy and fear for all that could go wrong. Having multiples increases the risk of premature birth and its related life-threatening problems — as Ted and Christine Yang found out all too soon.
In the United States, 1 in 10 births are premature. Each of these babies struggles to live in a world they entered too soon. Many don’t make it. But what about the Yang Triplets born at 24 weeks? Can three babies, each weighing less than 1.5 pounds, beat the odds?
Table for Five, A Father’s Story of Life, Love and Loss, the #1 New Release in Fatherhood and Pregnancy and Childbirth on Amazon, tells the tale of a father trying to do just that. This memoir doesn’t gloss over the experience, the heartbreak, or the truth of their struggle. Focusing on the years-long fight to get his daughter Sofia to breathe on her own, it reminds us of how a child’s laugh can fill our hearts and be the miracle we need.
“Our fight for the survival of our triplet micro-preemies is an extreme one, but it is not unique,” said Yang. “I wrote this to give voice to a father’s story and let other dads know they aren’t alone.”
Yang, a serial entrepreneur, is an owner of Cantata Media, Daily Voice’s parent company, and founder of 13 startups and non-profits, including 4-CT — a non-profit helping those hurt most by COVID in Connecticut.
- Order Table for Five now on Amazon. It will be released on November 17, which is Prematurity Awareness Day.