38 episodes

Welcome to the NICU Alumni Podcast. Your baby has graduated from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and you're finally home! Now what? We know that the end of the NICU journey is the start of a whole new experience. So, we're dedicated to supporting families as they navigate life after the NICU. We're so glad you're here!

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Welcome to the NICU Alumni Podcast. Your baby has graduated from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and you're finally home! Now what? We know that the end of the NICU journey is the start of a whole new experience. So, we're dedicated to supporting families as they navigate life after the NICU. We're so glad you're here!

    The Baby Steps Program: A Transition of Care Model Supporting Families After the NICU

    The Baby Steps Program: A Transition of Care Model Supporting Families After the NICU

    Dr. Danielle A. Cierak and Flor Tena discuss their work in the NICU and the challenges families face after leaving the hospital. They developed the Baby Steps transition of care model to support NICU patients and families during the difficult period after discharge.The Baby Steps program provides support to families after their NICU stay, helping them transition to home and navigate the challenges of caring for their baby. The program starts when a dedicated telehealth NICU nurse meets with f...

    • 34 min
    Making a Difference: From Patient to Advocate - Rita Mirabelli

    Making a Difference: From Patient to Advocate - Rita Mirabelli

    In this conversation, Andrea and Rita discuss their experiences with the NICU and the challenges they faced. They talk about the emotional impact of the NICU stay, the difficulties of bonding and providing care in the NICU, and the feeding challenges they encountered. They also discuss the importance of celebrating milestones and how their children have connected with their NICU experiences as they've grown older. Rita shares her involvement in supporting NICU families through the NICU Family...

    • 41 min
    Tube Feeding After the NICU and Transitioning to Oral Feeds with Darla Vazquez

    Tube Feeding After the NICU and Transitioning to Oral Feeds with Darla Vazquez

    Darla Vazquez shares her journey as a NICU parent and the challenges she faced raising her son, who was born prematurely and spent 203 days in the NICU. She discusses the importance of advocacy and the need for support in navigating the medical system. Darla also talks about her work in helping families transition their children from G-tube feeding to oral eating, providing resources and guidance for parents in similar situations. In this conversation, Andrea speaks with Darla about life afte...

    • 37 min
    Dear NICU Mama - Ashley and Martha

    Dear NICU Mama - Ashley and Martha

    We had the best conversation with Ashley and Martha of Dear NICU Mama! Vilma shares how she became connected to DNM and then later went on to become a founding board member of NICU Alumni.Quick Takeaways from the Episode:Dear NICU Mama is rooted in the desire to connect with others who are also going through the NICU journey so that they know they are not alone and are part of the shared sisterhood.Listen to Ashley’s NICU StoryListen to Martha’s NICU Story Part 1 and Part 2Listen to Vilma’s N...

    • 41 min
    Families Healing Together and Giving Back - Bricen & Ila

    Families Healing Together and Giving Back - Bricen & Ila

    Bricen Urquidi is a stay at home mom of 3 kids. She has been involved with ICU baby (a local nonprofit in Miami that is very near and dear to us at NICU Alumni) for over 8 years and is a volunteer at her children's school and other organizations in Miami. Her NICU journey began with her first born Ila and that experience lead to helping others in need. Ila is a 9th grader at a local school in Miami and is a Youth Ambassador with ICU baby. Ila started a club at school called Faith4NICU wh...

    • 32 min
    Family Centered Care, Mental Health Advocacy, NICU Parent Network - Keira Sorrells

    Family Centered Care, Mental Health Advocacy, NICU Parent Network - Keira Sorrells

    After giving birth to triplets at just 25 weeks 5 days gestation and losing one of her daughters at 14 months old, Keira Sorrells was propelled into maternal-infant health out of a deep-seated desire to ensure no parent experiences the trauma of preterm birth or loss alone.Together, with a dedicated team of NICU Parent Leaders, Keira has grown the @NICUParentNetwork to be a sought-after resource and collaborative partner for providers, researchers, industry, and other stakeholders in this nic...

    • 35 min

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As a NICU nurse, we celebrate when we get to send our babies home, but the reality is that that is just the start of the rest of their lives. The gap between what parents need to support themselves and their NICU grads and what’s currently available can be massive. Andrea is heroically trying to fill that gap by providing the kind of info and support she didn’t have. Brava, Drea!!

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