Nurses can make or break your time in the NICU

When my daughter, Everly, was born prematurely at 33 weeks I quickly learned that nurses can make or break your time in the NICU. Nurses are primarily the ones caring for your baby and communicating with you as a parent.


I basically spent every waking hour with my daughter, but at night, I found such peace in the tender care of one of her regular midnight nurses, Steph Zielinski. She was competent and always included me in my daughter’s care. She made me, as a mom, feel understood. She answered my questions and she made me feel that my daughter wasn’t just another patient to her. She went above and beyond and it helped me to be at ease when I would run to catch a few hours of sleep or when I would go home one night a week to stay with my 3-year-old daughter and husband.

I hope every tiny patient and their overwhelmed family can experience the love, attention, and specialized care that we experienced with Nurse Steph! Our time in the NICU was so much more bearable once we were under her care and my family will always be eternally grateful.


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  1. jenniferdegl@gmail.com' Jennifer says:

    Congratulations on your baby. All preemies are miracles. I totally agree with you about the NICU nurses. They are care takers, advocates and angels! My daughter Joy was born at 23 weeks last year. Due to modern medicine and prayers she is doing great today. I hemorrhaged at 17 weeks for the first of 4 times because of 100%
    placenta previa, which turned into placenta accreta (which I believe was caused
    by 3 prior c-sections). After she came home from 121 days in the NICU, I wrote
    a memoir called “From Hope To Joy” about my life-threatening
    pregnancy and my daughter’s 4 months in the NICU (with my 3 young sons at
    home), which will be published in the beginning of August. It was
    quite a roller coaster that I am certain some of you have been on or are
    currently riding on. My goal of writing our memoir is to give a realistic look
    at what lies ahead to families with preemies in the NICU while showing them
    that hope can turn into Joy and that miracles can happen. Please see my website http://www.micropreemie.net and
    Thank you and good luck with your new baby!

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