• 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.

  • Parent Blog: Samantha Conger

    Lincoln and London Conger, photo

    "Our twins were born in Bettendorf and transferred within hours to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)." – Samantha

  • Parent Blog: Megan Herrig

    Hallie Herrig, photo

    "The staff treated our twin girls and the rest of our family with compassion. We were always informed of what was going on with our girls’ care." – Megan

  • Parent Blog: Stacey Regennitter

    Regennitter kids, photo

    Noelle, Jakob, Jarred and Rebeckah were born at 30 weeks gestation.

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