All moms deserve to be pampered on Mother’s Day, especially new moms. But when your child is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), it can be difficult to find the time to celebrate in a traditional way. So Family Care Coordinator Marybeth Fry made it easy for our NICU families by organizing a Mother’s Day celebration on Wednesday.
With some moms celebrating their first Mother’s Day ever, families gathered together to dine on sandwiches and cake. Hand massages offered by the occupational therapy department and “shopping” preemie sized clothing that has been generously donated to the NICU made the event even more special.
Family Care Coordinator Marybeth Fry said it is important for busy new moms who rarely take time out for themselves. And isn’t it nice to talk to have an opportunity to talk to someone who’s already been through the same journey you are experiencing?
“We’re so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who previously had babies in the NICU come to these events and spend time with our new moms,” said Fry. “The exchange of ideas can make a huge difference for our families. We hope the families will make connections and stay in touch as their needs change and grow.”
Jenessa Foreman of Akron was first in line for a well-deserved hand massage. Her son Zakhi was born April 30 at 29 weeks gestation via emergency C-section after Foreman suffered a stroke.
“I developed preeclampsia and headaches during my pregnancy but I never imagined I would have a stroke,” said Foreman, 22. “But are both here now and I can’t be more grateful.”
She’s making a quick recovery, gaining feeling and movement back that she temporarily lost after the stroke. And just looking at her sweet baby boy was all the medicine she needs. Zakhi joins brothers London, 4, and Zalen, 2.
Watch more of their story in this segment with WEWS NewsChannel 5.