A cycle of caring – Akron Children’s Hospital NICU


When I was 3 years old, Akron Children’s Hospital saved my life. A regional hospital nearby sent me to Akron Children’s when they were unable to diagnose my symptoms. The team there discovered that I had appendicitis, and removed my appendix immediately – just before it ruptured.

Preemie survives against all odds after serious intestinal infection and inflammation


In January of 2012 my water broke at 25 weeks and I was immediately put on bed rest. I ended up delivering our son just shy of 28 weeks, 3 months early. Eron was delivered by C-section, weighing only 2 lbs., and 5 ozs., and 13 1/2 inches long. Before my son was even delivered the neonatal transport team was already there to take him.

African Americans and prematurity: The increased risks many moms face

African American women and prematurity

There are an alarming number of preterm births in the U.S., with more than a half million babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) each year. And for reasons unknown, African Americans experience the highest rate of prematurity at 17.1 percent.

Flu shot reduces risk of delivering premature babies according to new study


Pregnant women who receive the flu shot tend to have healthier pregnancies, according to a new study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

Akron Children’s helped with my early blessing


My husband and I had difficulty getting pregnant, and after two early losses we were excited to learn I was pregnant again, this time with a healthy child. The whole pregnancy was beautiful, until suddenly on Dec. 29, 2010, I went into premature labor. Despite best efforts to stop it, my son, Gage, was born at 31 and 1/2 weeks.

We’re Walking for Bekah

Rebekah in NICU at Akron Children's Hospital

Before Bekah was born I thought that the March of Dimes simply funded research. As Bekah’s 10-week NICU stay progressed, I was able to see just how much more than research the March of Dimes does. Not only does the March of Dimes help premature babies by providing funds for research, but it also helps premature babies by helping the families of those babies.