"I was transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for preterm labor. Libby was delivered by emergency C-section at 26 weeks and had a blood transfusion on her first day of life. Libby participated in the drawer vent study and other than having a PDA – a patent ductus arteriosus, a condition that occurs when the ductus arteriosus (blood vessel) doesn’t close after birth – Libby generally had an easy course through her NICU stay. She was transferred back to our hometown once she was able to leave.
Shortly after Libby was discharged and able to go home, I started working as a nurse in NICU, so whenever we have patients transferred I tell them how amazing University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is and all the amazing staff and resources available to them. My daughter never needed oxygen when discharged home and is a healthy happy toddler because of this amazing facility. Thank you to the OB and neonatology departments for taking such good care of my family and me."