• Mandy ‘never had a single shred of doubt’ about her daughter’s pediatric surgical care during the COVID-19 pandemic

    AJ Griffith

    Mandy Griffith of North Liberty, Iowa, had to make “nerve-racking, gut-wrenching” decisions about her daughter AJ’s care during the pandemic.

  • Reshaping baby’s future

    Megan Kane being held by her mother

    Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the seven fibrous joints in a baby’s skull—called sutures—is prematurely closed. This limits the space needed for brain and skull growth and often leads to craniofacial malformations

  • Parent blog: Jennifer and Matthew Woodley

    Molly Woodley with her provider

    Born at 24 weeks gestation at 1 pound, our daughter Molly was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy when she was 2 1/2 years old.

  • Parent blog: Whitney and Zacharia Goodsell

    Zane Goodsell photo

    "At my 12-week ultrasound my local doctors discovered our unborn son had fetal tachycardia, an abnormal increase in heart rate. Our son’s fetal tachycardia is very uncommon."—Mother, Whitney Goodsell

  • 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."

  • Parent blog: Miranda Goodpaster and Bret Hilpipre

    This is a photo of Holden Hilpipre

    "After learning that our unborn child would need to undergo three open-heart surgeries, we were devastated."

  • Parent blog: Jessie and Ryan Venden

    Jayce Venden, portrait

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) led to respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, and feeding issues for Jayce Venden. After almost a month at our hospital, Jayce was stable enough to head home.

  • Parent Blog: Sara Erbes

    Grayson Erbes sitting on hospital bed

    "UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital helped save Grayson’s life. Without their expertise, Grayson could’ve had a very different outcome." Sara Erbes

  • Parent Blog: Holly Sitzmann

    Emmett Sitzmann, photo

    "It's terrifying to us because many times he does not display serious symptoms of any kind and by the time he does, it's already to the point of him needing to be taken to the emergency room or hospital for breathing support."

  • 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.