Forever grateful for Youngstown NICU


What mom wants to deliver her babies early?

It sure wasn’t my plan to have our twin daughters at just 25 weeks and 5 days. I would have given ANYTHING to have stayed pregnant months, weeks, even days longer.

Cherishing memories made over course of NICU career


Since entering nursing school in 1980, I have made the trek from home to Belmont Ave. My name has changed, my starting point from home has changed, my position has changed from student nurse to nurse assistant to RN to NICU nurse. The one constant has been the building I entered to care for my patients. That all changed on April 7.

How nice for the NICU families to have a cozy, private space of their own

Jack, Lena and Ellie

When you’re the parent of a NICU graduate and you hear that the unit your baby was in is moving to a new space where each family will have a private room, it almost makes you want to come back. Almost.

The big move of our smallest patients (Photo gallery & video)

NICU move from Youngstown to Boardman

Moving 12 medically fragile babies from a NICU in Youngstown to a new one is Boardman takes a great deal of planning and hard work. I’ve been in the meetings and have heard the conversations, but when the day arrived, everyone did their part to make it a smooth transition for baby and our patient families.

Mahoning Valley NICU preparing for change


The neonatal intensive care staff at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is preparing for a move to a brand-new NICU located at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, and with that move come feelings of excitement and intimidation.

Unexpected journey begins after newborn daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome and heart defect

Harper Grace Cunningham was born on March 3 at 1 p.m.

As March 3 quickly approached, I prepared my 1st grade classroom at Walker Elementary School in Canton for my long-term substitute. My husband, Aaron, a sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, prepared his tasks for the 2 weeks he’d be out. My 2-year-old son, Landon, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, ran around with excitement as the arrival of their little sister grew closer.