Favorite toy: Spunky the Monkey – the monkey that was with her everyday in the NICU
Nickname: Selahroo or Roo
I was admitted to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital when I was 26 weeks pregnant due to unexplained pre-term labor. After an unexpectedly short 4 days in labor and delivery and on the high risk obstetrics floor, I delivered Selah at 27 weeks via emergency cesarean section. Selah was 2lbs 8oz and 15.5 inches long and miraculously breathing on her own. After an 8 week stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Selah came home weighing 5lbs 5oz and full of life and personality.
What did HRH’s support mean to your family during your hospital stay?
While on the high risk obstetrics floor, I received a phone call from Heather Barrow to offer her support and empathy. Shortly thereafter, Sarah Cauley delivered a HRH Bed Rest Basket full of all the items I needed and never had time to pack, as I was sent to triage right from the doctor’s office. It was such a comfort to feel the support of women that had been in my shoes, or perhaps more accurately, my bed. Although my time on the high risk obstetrics floor ended up being shorter than we hoped, I was again greeted with support and comfort via HRH’s NICU Napsack that was waiting for me one morning as I arrived to wish my daughter a good morning. Leaving your baby on a nightly basis is one of the hardest things I have done, and the guilt through the night can make for a difficult morning. To be greeted with a cheerful pink bag full of NICU-necessary goodies, including the softest of blankets for my daughter, was such a wonderful surprise. My HRH cup was with me every day of our time at St. Joe’s and while something so simple, it was nice to have a daily reminder of the support given to me by HRH.
Why do you Trot?
We support HRH and the Tot Trot so that others that are thrown into the overwhelming situation of being on hospital bed rest or with their baby in the NICU can also feel the support of this wonderful organization.
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