Tiny device advances treatment for newborns with heart defect

Piccolo device on a person's hand

New, noninvasive procedure offers a safe alternative treatment for babies with patent ductus arteriosus.

‘Family vibe’ makes all the difference for 5-year-old’s kidney transplant care

Colton Egan 3 years post transplant

Iowa’s only pediatric dialysis and transplant program offered the experience the Egan family wanted.

Grinnell toddler becomes ‘social butterfly’ after open-heart surgery

Rohen Carberry laying on carpet floor

Watching your baby go into open-heart surgery is scary, but a Grinnell, Iowa, family says everyone at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was so calm, confident, and caring that it made them feel at peace.

Committed to safety: window upgrade project

Our CEO shares this letter with patients and their families on how we're committed to safety. UI Stead Family Children's Hospital remains a safe place for care through a window replacement project on a section of our building.

Making it real: 3D printing and virtual reality technology improves surgical procedures and outcomes

Ashwath's 3D heart model

At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, pediatric surgeons and interventional cardiologists use intricate, lifelike 3D models of human hearts to prepare for complex cardiac interventions on newborns and children.

For the first time in his life, Fort Madison toddler leaves the hospital to go home

Aidan Moles leaving hospital

Two-and-a-half-year-old Aidan Moles has never ridden in a car. He’s never been inside a grocery store or a day care center, has never heard the sound of a dishwasher or washing machine. He’s never felt the cold air of a January day blow across his face. Hospital records list his address in Fort Madison, Iowa, but he’s never been inside the house. Or outside it. Until now.

Parent Blog: Lindsay and Dustin Barber

Hunter Barber, photo

At 25 weeks pregnant, Hunter was considered to be intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) and I had absent blood flow. On August 9, blood flow had reversed and he was born by cesarean section two hours later.

How to safely trick-or-treat this Halloween

Bags of candy corn

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to remember that we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. And we have to act like it, says Pam Hoogerwerf, program manager for Pediatric Injury Prevention and Community Outreach at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Emotional abuse, neglect may be more harmful long-term than physical, sexual abuse

In a study with former colleagues in Australia and Italy, Lane Strathearn highlights long-term effects of emotional abuse and neglect on children spanning more than 20 years, saying these effects may be worse than those of physical or sexual abuse.

Honoring sister’s memory with medical dreams

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Nolan Ford spent much of his childhood at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital watching his sister fight cancer. The experience motivated him to pursue a medical career.