Lynchburg hospital showing NICU moms support for Mother’s Day
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Mother’s Day is this weekend and it will be one to remember as many families will have to figure out creative ways to celebrate moms. But for first time mothers who have babies in the NICU--- this holiday is especially hard. But they've opened extra rooms to let NICU moms stay and develop that needed connection. To keep her safe and practice social distancing, 10 News had to do our interview in separate rooms. “We have movie night two nights a week where the moms can get together and watch movies on the big screen utilizing social distancing,” Lilley said.
Carilion NICU closed to all visitors, including parents, amid coronavirus concerns
ROANOKE, Va. – Carilion Clinic closed its NICU Tuesday, so no one will be permitted to visit Carilion Children’s NICU. Dr. Kimberly Dunsmore, the chair of Carilion Children’s Hospital, said the purpose of the decision is to protect these vulnerable patients from any exposure to the coronavirus. The move is likely to cause anxiety and fear for NICU parents. Carilion Children’s NICU is working with mothers to continue to provide breast milk for their babies through a coordinated drop off program. Labor and delivery patients are allowed one visitor during their stay, including during the birth.
Cuteness overload! NICU babies dress up for Halloween
ROANOKE, Va. - Babies in the NICU at Carilion Children's Hospital in Roanoke are ready for Halloween thanks to some volunteers and adorable costumes. This will be the babies' first spooky holiday, but they have to spend it in the hospital. That's why volunteers from the Carilion Children's Parent Advisory Board made 80 costumes out of felt for the little ones to wear and cheer up their families. One mom, Darrah Phillips, was excited that her little boy, Greyson, who weighs just under 3 pounds, got to dress up with his big brother. This is the first time the board has made these costumes, and they plan to do it again next year.
Identical Twin Nurses Help Deliver Identical Twin Babies
Twin nurses at a Georgia hospital are seeing double. Identical twins Tara Drinkard and Toni Howard work at the same hospital, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, in Georgia. But the sisters had never helped deliver a baby together until recently, when Rebecca Williams, pregnant with twins, needed a cesarean section delivery. "I saw her in the hallway and said, 'We're having a twin delivery,''' Drinkard told WXIA-TV . "It's a pretty cool experience having them in there and being able to ask them questions," dad Brannan Williams said of the twin nurses.
What It's Like to Be 1 of 36 Pregnant Nurses in the NICU
At Children's Mercy Hospital, 36 NICU nurses are all giving birth this year. "The parents would joke when they see so many pregnant people walking around, like, 'Do you have to be pregnant to work here?'" And when one of their own babies ended up in the NICU, all the nurses rallied together. RELATED STORIESNewborns Get Cute 'Baby Shark' Onesies for Shark WeekSay Cheese! Queso-Loving Baby Licks Dip Off His PlateChildren's Hospital Has a Baby Boom Among Its Nurses