• Parent Blog: Tara Von Ahsen

    Nolan Von Ahsen, photo

    “They see you at your most vulnerable moments, when you’re crying, scared, nervous, AND happy. They don’t HAVE to, but they go above and beyond to show they care.” Tara’s son Nolan was born with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

  • Parent Blog: Katelyn Kelch

    McKinley Kelch, photo

    "We knew we were right where we were supposed to be and that UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital was the best place for us." – Katelyn Kelch

  • Parent Blog: Brad Dudley

    Ryne Dudley, photo

    "The friendliness of the staff and the genuine care for our son made our 97-day stay as good as it could be. We wouldn't have traded it for anywhere - or anyone - else." – Brad

  • Parent Blog: Kimberly Peper

    Alisa Peper, photo

    Our daughter, Ailsa, had a duodenal atresia, which is a bowel obstruction, before she was born.

  • Celebrating our NICU nursing team

    NICU baby and nurse, photo

    "Our daughters were born 17 weeks premature. Although we've had a roller coaster of ups and downs, the one thing that's been amazing is the nursing staff."

  • Parent Blog: Amanda McMillin

    Eilidh McMillin, photo

    "Due to severe oligohydramnios – a deficiency in amniotic fluid – and fetal kidney abnormalities, specialists at other hospitals had informed us that she was unlikely to survive to her birth and, if born alive, that there was an even smaller possibility that she would live more than minutes to hours." – Amanda McMillin

  • Parent blog: Dani and Joe Louison

    Joseph Louison, portrait

    Our child was diagnosed with hydrocephalus a few days after he was born. We were referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after a few months because our son’s condition seemed to be getting worse.

  • Parent Blog: Andrea and Zac Smith

    Charlotte Smith portrait

    From the minute he arrived, he was so impressed with Iowa City and how they handled the situation and continued to keep us updated with Charlotte’s progress.

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Coake

    Kooper Coake, portrait

    "The day we left, I cried. I cried because of the amazing care we received and the friendships I had made."

  • Parent Blog: Kim and Jared Irish

    Mason Irish photo

    "I didn't understand, after so much that my husband and I had already gone through, why this and why now."