To provide families with a peace of mind knowing that they have resources available to them if they have to deliver their baby earlier than expected. We hope to put a smile on their faces and let them know that someone understands what they are going through when they have to put their newborn baby in the NICU for any reason.
After being married for six years, Antoan and Quishawna Henderson were excited to welcome their first baby. They tried several times with different treatments, but they were not successful. Days before Christmas of 2017, the couple found out they were pregnant. Filled with joy, they began planning baby showers and buying baby cribs, clothes and other items. Around week 26 of the pregnancy, the doctor began to notice that Quishawna's blood pressure began to rise, and it caused some concern. They tried different blood pressure medications and nothing seemed to work. By the end of May of 2018, she was showing signs of Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria. Immediately, there was concern for her and their unborn child. Quishawna was put on bed rest hoping things would get better, but they didn’t. At 32 weeks + 3 days, the couple learned their darling baby would arrive that day by emergency Caesarean section. Their precious daughter was born June 19, 2018. She was not only 8 weeks early but also weighed a mere 3lbs 8ozs. Baby Aubrey spent 21 LONG days in the NICU with goals of growing, learning to feed, maintaining body temperature and clearing jaundice. That was the most difficult 21 days of the couple's lives.
During this time the couple was not prepared for a premature baby so they had to rely on family to get premature pampers and premature clothing (which are difficult to find) and that was just another thing to worry about. Antoan and Quishawna decided that they wanted to do something to help other parents in similar situations because very few people expect to have a premature baby. Hence, they decided to start a Preemie Closet at the hospital so parents of the babies in the NICU can pick up clothing, premature pampers, blankets and have a chance to talk about what they are going through because who understands better than another NICU parent. Their ultimate goal is to brighten up someone’s day and hope to help them understand that they are not alone during the time their baby is in the NICU.