Hi, Im a nurse with pediatric ICU experience. I have taken care of many of these babies. Unfortunately there isn't anyway for the doctors to know how bad your sons condition will be until he is born. Sometimes babies have to much bowel out of their tiny bodies and the doctors are unable to put it all back in safely. So they will in these cases leave some out in a sterile bad and try to push it back in daily just a bit at a time. In the days following surgery the babies' bowels sometimes have difficulty working right. Sometimes the bowels were not well perfused with blood and vital oxygen when they were outside their bodies. In these cases sometimes the bowels die and need to be removed. I hate to scare you but I just thought you should know the worst case scenerio. I think most babies do well but of course the ones that I have seen over the years have been some of the sickest patients. I truely hope that your son's bowels are healthy and fit back in easily for the doctors. Try not to be overwhelmed in the PICU or NICU where ever you are after your son is born. You will feel a loss of control that is so terrible. You can help by bathing your son, changing his diapers. Saving your breast milk in the freezers so he can use it later. You can talk to him, he will know your voice. All these little things are what you should hold on to and know that you are doing all you can to make him happy and healthy and the doctors and nurses have to do the rest right now. Hope this helps, you and your son will be in my prayers.