Brooke Eguia knows firsthand how well the March of Dimes supports families. Now it’s her turn to support the March of Dimes.
Despite being born a little early, almost 37 weeks, Malin went home two days later.
At Malin’s two-day checkup, her doctors discovered she had an infected umbilical cord, and she was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
Malin’s hospitalization took a toll on her siblings, ages 2, 4 and 11. “They were so confused,” Brooke says. “Why wasn’t she at home? They knew she was sick, but they didn’t know how sick she was.”
The March for Babies helps supports things like the NICU Family Support program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital—one of only two such programs in the state. It was a lifesaver for Brooke and her children.
“Until Malin was born, I hadn’t had any interaction with the March of Dimes. The NICU and the March of Dimes supported me, as an employee, as well as my family.”
Through the program, Brooke received bags to take home for her kids containing items, such as tubing, that her baby would have on her in the NICU.
“They could play with them so they’d be used to what they’d see when they got there” to visit her, she says.
Ashleigh Moelter, NICU family support specialist, coordinates activities for families as part of the family support program.
“Ashleigh offers her own story of support and helps connect other parents in the NICU. It was a really positive experience,” says Brooke.
After two weeks, Malin returned home and is now 1 and “doing fabulous,” says her mom.
Brooke and her children will be participating in the March for Babies for the first time this year as part of Team Fairview.
You, too, can join Team Fairview and help support the health of babies. Sign up today to walk Saturday, April 26 in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies