In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month, we’re highlighting the compassion and expertise of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team, as well as our courageous NICU patients and families, such as our guest blogger, Nisha Morris, a former NICU mommy. See her story below:
December 10, 2008. What is the significance of this day, you ask – it’s when my husband and I took our baby home from CHOC. “No offense, but hope to never see you again” we said, as we waved goodbye to the amazing doctors, nurses, respiratory specialists, social workers…even the friendly cafeteria staff. Our daughter Nathasha spent 62 days in the NICU at CHOC. What an experience! We were fortunate to be surrounded by such caring, gifted professionals. Everyone was involved. Everyone cared. Everyone mattered.
There is this connection that is developed in the NICU. This deep bond exists not only between hospital staff and parents, but between families. Each child has their own cheering section, be it through a quiet prayer, a shoulder to cry on, positive thoughts and vibes, motivational talks in a quiet corner at 2:00 am or an expression of understanding as you enter the NICU doors.
The families of NICU babies will forever be joined. It is because of CHOC’s ability to understand the needs of each family and foster a nurturing and compassionate environment.
Nathasha is our little miracle baby. She has Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) in which she lacks the ability to breathe while she sleeps. Despite her early setbacks, she is doing amazingly well and we are proud to call her a CHOC NICU graduate.