Moreen wrote to us to share her family’s prematurity journey, which included struggles on top of simply coping with the darker NICU days. She found a strong support network in her local NICU when she needed it most and says she will always be grateful for their help and compassion. Here is her story:
I would like to share my family’s story and acknowledge the hospital where I delivered our “Miracle Baby” named Miranda. She was born on December 23, 2009 at 29 weeks weighing in at 2 pounds and 9.5 oz.
Being first-time parents, my husband and I didn’t know what was in store for us, but the team at Regional Newborn Center (RNC) and the NICU in Monmouth Medical Center located in Long Branch, New Jersey was by our side throughout our family’s journey.
As Miranda settled into her temporary home in NICU, our lives began to get rocky. It started with the infections I had to fight after my C-section and then an emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder. Just when we thought things were slowly getting back to normal, my husband became ill and was admitted to the hospital.
In fact, Miranda, my husband, and I were in three different area hospitals at the same time. That was so hard because it felt like we weren’t there to care for our baby when she needed us the most.
On January 7, 2010, Miranda’s father passed away as I was still recuperating from my surgeries. Miranda was still in RNC, and I can only thank GOD for the NICU staff who were so supportive of our family while we went through so many struggles. Having them in my life, providing the care Miranda needed during those days, was a blessing.
Today, Miranda is 3 ½ years old and full of life. To celebrate her journey and my own, I’m participating in the annual BIG STEPS LITTLE FEET walk to benefit the Monmouth Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They were such a blessing to me and my family, and I’d be so happy if you’d take a look at my team page and consider sponsoring me as a way to acknowledge this great organization that helps families like myself.