Laura Corbett, nurse manager in the NICU photoLaura Corbett, RN, MNHP, nurse manager in the NICU at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, knows firsthand how teamwork pays off in newborn health and survival. 

She sees it in action when she’s on the job, but she has also witnessed it as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) mother. Two of her three children were born prematurely at the UI, and she says she couldn’t have asked for better care for her babies.

“When you're wheeled into the NICU as the mother of a premature baby, you're feeling a real fear in your heart,” Corbett says. “’Is she OK?’ But suddenly you look at all of the medical and nursing team, and you see how calm they are. They look at you and say, ‘Congratulations,’ and begin explaining what is happening. Your fear settles, and you know that it is going to be OK. This is what our NICU is able to provide families: a sense of calm and confidence in what is going to come next. As a mother, you can get through anything as long as you have this.”

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