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My beautiful and strong miracle baby

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I went to Fort Jackson from Ohio, to go to my fiance’s graduation at basic training. I was 21 weeks pregnant. The night we came back I was having really bad pains, but I ignored them because I didn’t want to feel guilty for waking my mom up to take me to the triage.

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

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My son, Carter, was born 12 weeks early on June 13, 2012. He was airlifted from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy and we don’t know why he was born prematurely.

Why the NICU in the Mahoning Valley holds a special place in my family’s heart

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96 days. That’s how long it took to bring my family of 5 together under the same roof. Our twins, Harper and Paige, were born at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown last November at just 25 weeks and 5 days. Both girls weighed a little more than a pound, and they were immediately transported […]

NICU roller coaster

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My labor story begins on Jan. 7, 2013, at 32 weeks and 2 days. It was a normal work day and I had a doctor’s appointment for the start of my twice weekly non-stress tests (NSTs). At the appointment my blood pressure (BP) was really high at 175/99. And during the non-stress test, my baby […]

Meet the Kneppers: Settling in to new family routine

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Like many young couples, Mark and Jennifer Knepper of Streetsboro looked forward to starting a family. When their first child, Olivia, was about 1 year old, they found out Jennifer was pregnant with identical twin girls.

A special gift for my only child – one of my kidneys

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Josephine “Josie” Greco was born via an emergency C-section at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. She should not have survived her traumatic birth. But, she did. On her seventh day of life, Josie and I were transferred to the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.