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.
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My wife and I were married for six years before we were able to have our baby. We tried several times with different treatments, but they were not successful. Days before Christmas of 2017, we found out that we were pregnant. My wife and I was filled with joy, and we began planning baby showers and buying baby cribs, clothes and other items. Around week 26 of the pregnancy, the doctor began to notice that my wife’s blood pressure began to rise, and it caused some concern. We tried different blood pressure medications and nothing seemed to work. By the end of May of 2018 my wife 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 our unborn child. My wife was put on bed rest hoping things would get better, but they didn’t. At week 32 my wife got the call from the doctor’s office, and they wanted us to come in right away. I got off work and rushed home to get her, then we rushed to the hospital not knowing that my wife was going to deliver that night. June 19, 2018 is the day my daughter was born. She was 8 weeks early and only weighed 3lbs 8ozs. Aubrey Henderson had to go to the NICU and she spent 21 days in there. That was the longest 21 days of our lives.
During this time we were not prepared for a premature baby so we had to rely on our family to get premature pampers and premature clothing (which are difficult to find) and that was just another thing to worry about. We decided that we wanted to do something to help other parents in similar situations because very few people expect to have a premature baby. So we 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 vent about what they are going through because we understand. Our ultimate goal is to brighten up someone’s day and in hopes to help them understand that they are not alone during the time their baby is in the NICU.