You must be one of the million parents around the globe who struggle in asking your little one to open his mouth wide, while you try to brush his growing number of teeth. Through your daily routine of brushing his teeth, your cutie must have developed a few habits, like trying to spit most of the time, which makes it so hard for you to get the brushing done.
His name is Jeff Smith and he’s been working as an NICU nurse for 8 years. He’s currently employed in the NICU ward of the Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeff is just one of the many people who continue to support our advocacy at Kinder Keepsakes. He gets to work very closely with premature and sick babies on a daily basis, and it’s really more difficult than any of us can imagine.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is undoubtedly one of the most difficult areas in any hospital—one that’s filled with both heartbreaks and triumphs. I, myself, was once a patient in the NICU of a hospital in Provo, UT when my mother gave birth to me after just 26 weeks of her pregnancy. Believe it or not, my dad's wedding band went all the way up to my shoulder and I weighed 1lb and 7oz!
Just in time for Prematurity Awareness Month, I (Aly) wanted to talk to you about a few important things that we should all know about one particular phenomenon that, for me, hits home—premature birth. :)
I’m was preemie (also referred to a preterm baby or NICU baby) myself—I weighed just a little over a pound and was as tiny as a dollar bill! :) J—and there are over millions like me being born before the 37th week in hospitals in the United States alone. However, not many truly know what premature babies and their families actually go through in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
We at Kinder Keepsakes fully support these babies and their families through our advocacy, and we aim to support and spread awareness through our NICU Grad Project. By reading this, you are already fulfilling our wishes! :)Read More