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Meet our NICU Volunteers

Our NICU Volunteers are all peer-based, meaning they have had similar experience as the families they support.

Paige

Paige's daughter, Nila, was born at 25 weeks. She weighed 1 lb. 3 oz. and was 12” long. She was born in October 2002 and came home in March 2003.

 

Amy

Amy is Mom to 27 week twins Brandon and Katelyn (born weighing 1 lb. 7 oz. and 1 lb. 10 oz.).

 

Julie

Julie’s daughter Nikki was born at 31 weeks gestation.  She was born in 2007 and weighed 2 lbs. 11 oz.  Nikki spent 2 months in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

 

Jacqueline

Jacqueline started her NICU journey in 2008, when her pregnancy was diagnosed with an acardiac twin, which is a rare condition affecting identical twins in utero. Since one baby was given a fatal diagnosis, her healthy baby was deemed at-risk and she was admitted to the hospital at 28 weeks for 24/7 monitoring and frequent ultrasounds. She stayed in the antepartum ward for six weeks on bedrest, and delivered her twins at 34 weeks. She was able to take advantage of the bereavement support offered after the stillbirth of her acardiac twin while tending to his healthy twin brother, Andrew, who spent four weeks in the NICU. Today, Andrew is a happy and healthy toddler and Jacqueline has been volunteering with Common Bonds since 2010.

 

 

Amanda

Amanda’s twins were bound to come early – just how early we didn’t know.  Amanda had an emergency cerclage at 17 weeks gestation after dilating to 5 cm. She spent a week on bed rest in antepartum and then 10 weeks on bed rest at home. The day after Thanksgiving 2006, at 27 weeks gestation, Amanda was admitted back to antepartum for three days due to leaking amniotic fluid.  An emergency c-section was done on November 26, 2006, after Baby A’s placenta abrupted.

Rebecca LaRae, Baby A, was born weighing 1 lb 13 oz, 13 inches long. Mary-Gail Darleen, Baby B, was born 4 minutes later, weighing 1 lb 5 oz, 13 inches long.  Their 13-week stay included lots and lots and lots of pizza hours and support and comfort from Parent Support.  Rebecca had an “easier” NICU stay; Mary-Gail, on the other hand, struggled with bi-lateral grade 3 brain bleeds – diagnosed at 7 days old – and had a PDA ligation at 11 days old.

Happily, Rebecca & Mary-Gail came home shortly after Valentines 2007, Mary-Gail with oxygen for four months, and Rebecca tube free!  Rebecca and Mary-Gail are now 4 ½ years old and are amazing!  No residual effects, other than being cute and petite.  But who doesn’t want to be cute and petite!  Our favorite memories of the NICU include Lori & Paige from the Parent Support Group, pictures of our girls, ranging from a 20 oz Diet Coke bottle, to pictures with Barbies.

Amanda began volunteering with Parent Support in September 2009.

 

Melynie

Melynie  spent 5 ½ weeks on hospital bed rest in the Antepartum Unit.  She checked in to the hospital when she was 25 weeks gestation.  She gave birth to quadruplet boys in 2003, they were 31 weeks gestation.  Hunter weighed 3lbs. 3 oz., Tanner weighed 3 lbs. 7oz., McKay weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz., and Spencer weighed 3 lbs. 9oz.  The boys spent 6 weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

 

Misty

Misty has two boys, one full-termer and one preemie. Her preemie, Tukker, was born at 27 weeks gestation and weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. He spent 115 days in the NICU, and is now an amazing (and very naughty) 3 year old.

 

If you would like to learn about becoming a volunteer, please contact Lori Buss at the Common Bonds office phone number: 801-357-4504 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .