My name is Shanda Smallwood, and I am a proud mother of a former 24-weeker. It gives me great joy to share a little of our story. On November 7, 2014, I called my doctor and informed her that something wasn’t feeling right, as every 10 to 15 minutes, I was getting a throbbing feeling […]
WakeMed NICU babies are in for a special Halloween surprise, thanks to the skills of a few parents and the fundraising efforts led entirely by former WakeMed NICU mom, Amanda Walker. Below, Amanda shares her NICU story and how these loving donations are making a big impact in the lives of our tiniest patients and their […]
My husband, Christopher, and I were elated when we discovered that we were expecting. Every doctor’s appointment showed that everything was progressing as expected, …but on Mother’s Day, I was in an ambulance on the way from WakeMed Cary to WakeMed in Raleigh with the certainty that this child that we had hoped and prayed […]
Every year during the fall, winter and early spring, we restrict visitation to our Children’s Hospital and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The reason: to protect our patients from viruses like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). You may have never heard of RSV, but there is a very good chance that you HAVE had it. For […]
Today is prematurity awareness day. As the home of Wake County’s most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we hold a special place in our hearts for premature infants and their families. Watch Hannah’s story of prematurity and meet her rainbow baby.
After nearly 40 years working as a neonatologist in the WakeMed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Ross Vaughan recently officially retired. Although he missed the opening of Wake County’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by four years, he provided exceptional care to Wake County’s tiniest babies and their families and has seen the unit grow […]
This week, WakeMed opened its newly expanded Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). By adding 12 new patient beds, the expansion brings the total number of NICU beds to 48. It also marks the introduction of “single-room care,” with 27 private rooms opening for babies and their families. Single-room care in the NICU represents […]
WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank, one of nine, not-for-profit human milk banks in the United States, continues to experience increased demand and significantly reduced donations as indicated in last month’s blog. The lack of donations and increased need is not isolated to North Carolina. Human milk banks across the country are experiencing a similar trend, leading […]