• 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."

  • Logan Brown

    Logan Brown portrait

    Logan was born in Mason City, Iowa where doctors discovered he had a blood clot near a large vein that carries blood to his heart. He was transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, where he was admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Further tests showed he had microcephaly, or a small head, and his cerebellum had not fully formed.

  • Abi Frye

    Abi Frye portrait

    The only treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. At 25 weeks pregnant, Julie was taken by ambulance and Abi was born the next day, weighing just over 1 pound.

  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait

    Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old.

  • Early arrival

    Flynn Hansen full portrait

    Flynn, born prematurely at 29 weeks, is now thriving. Read more about Flynn's story.

  • Dexter's Story

    Dexter and Tundi

    Dexter's mom was having a normal pregnancy - until she went into labor at only 20 weeks. But she was in the right place when the unexpected happened: Iowa's most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).