CTMC's NICU makes Kyle family's premature stay a blessing
5/5/2015 3:31 PM
“Surprise!” Heather Baca recalls the moment the ultrasound technician told her that she and husband Omar were expecting twins. “At first we were in shock, then once we heard those two heartbeats, so clear and unique, we were in love.”
The boys were born just shy of 34 weeks - 6 weeks premature. Andreas weighed 5lb. 8oz, and Alesandro was only 3lb. 14oz. The boys did not have any complications outside of their gestational age and size, but still needed to stay in CTMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for two weeks.
Heather recalls, “Having babies that require special care and attention is a difficult experience. When that care requires them to be separated from you, it leaves you feeling so vulnerable.”
“The idea of having to ‘visit’ my children instead of taking them home was scary – until I met the staff in the CTMC NICU. I had no idea how caring a group could be until this experience. I was afraid that when I left the room, my babies would be left alone in their incubators – and the only affection and attention they would get was from me. Boy, was I wrong! Each and every one of the NICU nurses genuinely cared for my children as though they were family.”
“They were attentive, affectionate, and compassionate. The care they provided was so incredible that it was a comfort that they were there for my boys when I could not be, and I knew that the entire NICU staff was invested in ensuring that our tiny babies were healthy and thriving.” She added, “This was my second delivery at CTMC, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
Omar shared, “The nurses and staff were supportive of Heather and the babies. They were very understanding of the stressors and they accommodated for all of those things. It’s amazing watching the genuine care and love this group shows for their patients and their jobs.”
CTMC’s NICU includes a high-risk delivery suite, 9 incubators, rooming in for parents, NICU breastfeeding support and a donor milk program for babies younger than 35 weeks.