One piece of advice that resonated with Barry and Rachel Wardle when their premature-born twins first arrived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was to constantly let them know of your presence. “Talk to them, touch them, read to them, let them hear your voice. They’ll fight harder if they know you’re here,” Barry […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
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 […]
Born extremely premature at 24 weeks, Jaelee Hill suffered a cascade of medical complications that kept her hospitalized for almost 16 months. She was so ill with pulmonary problems that at one point, her mother, Jennifer, was told to prepare for the worst. But on Thursday morning, the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit […]
As a little girl, Lela Bartley often accompanied her dad on trips to take her older sister to work at Akron Children’s. Still, working at Children’s didn’t cross Lela’s mind because she wanted to be a teacher. When Lela’s mom, a licensed practical nurse, pointed out that pediatric nurses are around children all day, it […]
Logan Smith made a surprise entrance into the world. Born on Sept. 30 – about 4 months before his due date — his early arrival took his parents, Brad and Lisa Smith, of Dover, down a road they didn’t expect. “He was born at 24 weeks gestation, so everything was still underdeveloped,” said Brad. Logan […]
Christine Sicker was doing Marie Kondo proud. Inspired to clean her house and organize her closets and drawers according to advice from Kondo, the bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and now the inspiration for a hit Netflix series, Christine was organizing and folding clothes according to the KonMari technique. But, in […]