• Twins survive and thrive after premature birth

    Leech family at their home

    Iowa couple has been able to celebrate key milestones after their babies were born in 2020 at just 27 weeks’ gestation.

  • Saving Nevaeh

    Kari and Nevaeh Brock

    What began as a routine exam during Kari Brock’s 34th week of pregnancy revealed a situation far from the norm: Brock’s baby had a tumor on her heart that nearly doubled the heart’s size.

  • 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.

  • Melanie knows UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is ‘where we need to be’ for her baby born with cancer during COVID-19

    Eliana Cox, in NICU photo

    Elaina Cox entered the world during a pandemic, and her first battle was with cancer. But her mother, Melanie, knows that Elaina is “strong like the many strong women before her in this family” and has the right team fighting alongside her. Here’s Melanie’s story about how the staff at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is providing the care and comfort necessary to make the whole experience a little less scary for the Cox family.

  • 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.

  • Parent Blog: Ashley and Matthew Gerlach

    Colby and Connor Gerlach sitting outside on a stoop

    "The babies and I were being monitored by high-risk obstetricians at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics when their umbilical cords began to tangle, requiring an emergency C-section."

  • NICU nurse, NICU mother

    Laura Corbett, nurse manager in the NICU photo

    Laura 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.

  • A journey toward hope

    Kipp Family photo

    High-risk obstetricians, neonatal specialists give micropreemie family a new beginning.

  • Parent Blog: Alisha Stottmeister

    Mila Stottmestier photo

    Mila Stottmeister has been a fighter since her first moment in this world. Born at 28 weeks gestation and just over 2 lbs, Mila defied the odds, and her parents thank our NICU for their unwavering support for the family.

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