• Parent Blog: Anna and Derik Woody

    Piper Woody, portrait

    Piper was born with a rare condition called esophageal atresia (EA). Her parents Anna and Derik had no idea what to expect.

  • Parent Blog: Jade Dix

    Eli Dix holding his growth chart

    "He is still small for his age, but looking at him, you'd never know he had to fight to live."

  • Parent Blog: Shayna Boxleiter

    Amelia Boxleiter photo

    "We felt at 28 weeks things were going to be OK, but unfortunately there were many complications for what had seemed to be a perfectly healthy full-term baby."

  • Knox Tysdahl

    Tysdahl family photo

    “People put clichés on teaching hospitals, they say they’re impersonal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This place is incredibly special to us. These people are family.”

  • Parent Blog: Skylar Hardee

    Skylar Hardee

    "Every time I hear someone say, 'I have an appointment in Iowa City,' I tell them, 'You're in good hands.'”

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Feldman

    "The nurses make you feel like they are part of your family and that they care about your child as much as you do. The staff was so reassuring in some of the scariest times."

  • Parent Blog: Shelby Schumacher

    Schumacher in their own words

    "Our family will forever be grateful for the care and love that was shown to not only Leah but also to her entire family."

  • Konner Guyer

    Konner Guyer portrait

    Konner and his twin brother, Kolby, were born in Des Moines prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, Kolby passed away when he was 6 days old. Konner was transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital for advanced care.

  • Parent Blog: Jennifer Minteer

    Conor Minteer

    "The care that we received from the doctors and nurses was amazing."

  • From a Thankful Parent

    Erika Stupka's daughter Evelyn

    New mom Erika Stupka appreciates "the little things."

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