MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center will host a NICU reunion on Sunday, June 5 in conjunction with the Health, Hope and Heroes 5K Run/Walk.
NICU families – both current and former – are invited to join “Team Baby Steps.” The gathering allows for them to re-connect with former hospital caregivers and share experiences with other NICU families while raising money for Loyola pediatrics programs.
“You can talk to your friends, but if they haven’t experienced this, there’s only so much they can tell you,” said Angela Kelly, a NICU nurse for nine years. “Sometimes there’s only so much we (as nurses) can tell them, too. It’s great for the families to bond and talk about what they are going through.”
Get more information about signing up for “Team Baby Steps.”
In addition to the 5K gathering, Loyola resumed its NICU Support Group in October 2015. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month and includes former and current NICU families. The most recent meeting had 18 attendees plus three NICU “graduates.”
The meetings include speakers who talk on a range of specialized topics, including physical therapy, lactation and follow-up care. An open forum has also yielded positive feedback, with parents and family members able to share stories and advice.
Loyola’s 50-bed neonatal ICU cares for the sickest babies, offering the latest technology, therapies and techniques. It serves as a national model for special protocols and practices in the care of premature infants.