• 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.

  • Neonatologist cares for two generations of NICU babies

    Dr. Bell and Kyle Nelson holding Jaeden Nelson

    When Kyle Nelson's own newborn son needed emergency care, the 25-year-old Hillsboro, Iowa father knew where he wanted to go. He had no idea the trip would turn into a reunion.

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Morarend

    Easton Morarend, photo

    "Everyone who works at the hospital is very welcoming and helpful. The hospital became my second home during those 64 days and I always felt comfortable and at home being there." Ashley Morarent

  • Parent Blog: Matt Tison

    Clara Tison, photo

    "We're so thankful for the doctors and nurses who helped take care of Clara. I'd like to remind everybody that these doctors and nurses are emotionally vested in your child's care, as well. It's a team effort when hard decisions have to be made. The kind, empathetic, compassionate care we received is why we would choose to go back." Matt Tison

  • Iowa girl thrives after ice-storm birth

    Dorotea Orgovani weighed just over a pound when born
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    University of Iowa

    When Dorotea Orgovanyi was born at 26 weeks gestation in a small Iowa hospital in 2007, an ice storm prevented emergency transportation from moving her to a better-equipped facility. But it didn’t stop two University of Iowa doctors from heeding the call for help.

  • Skylar Hardee

    Skylar Hardee, portrait

    During their 16-week ultrasound, Skylar’s parents were given a 1% chance of their baby surviving. Doctors found no amniotic fluid protecting Skylar in his mother’s uterus. His parents sought help at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Skylar was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation and was diagnosed with VACTERL association, a congenital syndrome that results in abnormalities in various parts of the body.

  • A neonatologist's destiny

    “My name, Destany, really suits where I came from. It was my destiny to survive," Destany Schafer, Quincy, Illinois. “And it was my destiny to be a neonatologist," John Dagle, MD, PhD.

  • Micropreemie born at 23 weeks in 2001 graduates high school

    Courtney Jackson was born at only 23 weeks in 2001, weighing just over a pound with only about eight teaspoons of blood in her body. Doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. Today, she's a healthy young adult. Video courtesy of the Today Show, NBC.

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