• 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.

  • Parent Blog: Lindsay and Tyler Blaha

    Bex Blaha photo

    "We truly love this hospital and have received exceptional care! There is no place our family would rather be." — Lindsay and Tyler Blaha

  • Parent Blog: Alex Burkett

    Bella Burkett

    Bella Burkett spent the first four months of her life in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Born on New Year’s Eve with Left Sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), Bella’s immune system was weakened and she faced many hurdles, including sepsis and multiple instances of collapsed lungs.

  • Mandy ‘never had a single shred of doubt’ about her daughter’s pediatric surgical care during the COVID-19 pandemic

    AJ Griffith

    Mandy Griffith of North Liberty, Iowa, had to make “nerve-racking, gut-wrenching” decisions about her daughter AJ’s care during the pandemic.

  • Parent Blog: Sara Erbes

    Grayson Erbes sitting on hospital bed

    "UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital helped save Grayson’s life. Without their expertise, Grayson could’ve had a very different outcome." Sara Erbes

  • Parent Blog: Nicole Cisne Durbin

    Lilah Dubin, photo

    "UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is the best place you never want to be. The child life specialists were phenomenal and a vital part of our team. Lilah loved her nurses so much she cried for two days before she left because she was sad to leave them." – Nicole Cisne Durbin

  • Parent Blog: Kimberly Peper

    Alisa Peper, photo

    Our daughter, Ailsa, had a duodenal atresia, which is a bowel obstruction, before she was born.

  • Parent Blog: Amanda McMillin

    Eilidh McMillin, photo

    "Due to severe oligohydramnios – a deficiency in amniotic fluid – and fetal kidney abnormalities, specialists at other hospitals had informed us that she was unlikely to survive to her birth and, if born alive, that there was an even smaller possibility that she would live more than minutes to hours." – Amanda McMillin

  • Parent Blog: Amy Brinkmeyer

    Mitchell Brinkmeyer

    "Our youngest son, Mitchell, was diagnosed with pectus carinatum in February 2015. No doctors in Cedar Rapids treated this condition and we had to take him to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for specialty care."

  • Christopher Turnis

    Christopher Turnis, portrait

    Christopher was born at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at 34 weeks gestation with several organs that were severely damaged. The first of many surgeries took place when he was just 2 weeks old. Since birth, Christopher has undergone more than 40 surgeries and has spent more than 1,000 nights in the hospital.