Nurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital provide the utmost care for kids who need it most. The March of Dimes organization is teaming up to lend a hand to new mothers and their newborns.
“We were NICU parents here,” Amy Parton said. “Our son was born at 30 weeks and we stayed here for seven.”
Three years ago, Amy Parton was excited to be a new mother.
However, she wasn’t prepared for the complications she would soon face.
“My son is amazing now, but he had a pretty rough start, so I have a heart for people who also had a rough start,” Parton said.
“The best thing is to have a NICU with no babies in it,” Women and Children at Mercy Hospital Director Jeri Power said. “But that’s not happening in the world right now.”
Bringing a life into the world is a magical, but sometimes difficult process.
“We truly feel like part of the family and care for them as we would our own,” Power said.
But the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Rogers sees babies before they’re ready to open their eyes.
“We have premies,” Power said. “We are born at not term, which is less than 37 weeks.”
One-third of the newborns at Mercy Hospital are admitted to the NICU.
“Someone is out there,” Power said. “Someone is concerned about them. Someone is caring for them outside of the isolated NICU.”
The Northwest Arkansas March of Dimes chapter extends a hand outside the hospital room as well.
The organization provides educational resources and this week – there’s a sweet treat.
“We can put products like notebooks in there and healthy snacks,” March of Dimes Development Manager Annsley Stewart said. “Since it’s Valentine’s, we put kisses in there. It’s a little pick me up.”
The support system is the leading organization in the fight for strong moms and healthy babies.
“We have seen a rise in maternal death and a rise in preterm birth, so our mission is a critical mission that is impacting everyone,” Stewart said.
Parton gives thanks to the March of Dimes and the nurses by her side when motherhood became too tough for one person to handle.
“It’s good for everybody,” Parton said. “Not just for premmies, which is why I have a passion for it. It’s good for just everybody.”
The March of Dimes has its annual March for Babies on May 4 to remember the babies who fought for life in the NICU.
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