Patient or provider stories from the NICU

December 3, 2019

UAMS NICU Holds Read-A-Thon to Promote Story Time for Families

Katrina Dupins


Reading to babies not only helps the family of premature infants bond to one another, it aids in advancing brain development and language skills. That’s why the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) recently organized its first Read-A-Thon with patients and their families. The weeklong event lead up to World Prematurity Day, Nov. 17. There…

October 2, 2019

UAMS NICU Observes Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Katrina Dupins

Love Lives

The loss of a child is a common sadness shared among tens of thousands of families across the United States, but it’s not often talked about. Because of that, many parents feel alone in their grief. “It’s extremely painful to talk about the loss of a child,” said Sara Peeples, M.D., medical director of the…

July 1, 2019

Twins 12 Days Apart Have Month-Long Birthday Celebrations

Katrina Dupins

Villarreal Twins

Diana and Julio Villarreal spent many days in the spring of 2015 studying the photos that line the walls on the fifth floor at UAMS Medical Center — known as the Wall of Hope.

They were waiting on word that their twin sons, Julio and Jacob, born weeks early, were healthy enough to bring home.

April 22, 2019

U.S. Sen Tom Cotton and Family Tour UAMS NICU

Katrina Dupins

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D. greets the Cotton family as the prepare to tour the NICU.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton visited the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) April 19 to get a glimpse of the life-saving environment that takes care of babies born prematurely, some who have to stay weeks and months separated from their families.

April 17, 2019

Former Preemies Return to UAMS NICU for Fun and Games

Katrina Dupins

Hundreds of families attended the annual NICU Reunion held April 13 at UAMS Medical Center.

Nurses and neonatologists who work in the NICU say it’s an exciting time for them to see how much the children have grown since they left the NICU, whether it was 3 months ago or decades ago. About 200 families and UAMS staff attended the annual NICU Reunion held April 13 at UAMS Medical Center….

April 12, 2019

Greenbrier Family Makes Donation to UAMS NICU

Katrina Dupins

The Haupt Family donates $6,000 to the UAMS NICU Tiny Hands Support Fund.

The feeling of nostalgia overwhelmed Micah Haupt as she stepped off the elevator in the UAMS Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Her husband, Will, held their 1-year-old son, Hayes. Hutch, 4, followed along. The family had not been in the NICU since Hayes was discharged last year after a 93-day stay. They were…

December 21, 2018

NICU Graduates Visit UAMS Annually to Bring Gifts for Preemies

Katrina Dupins

Harshad (L) and Kovidh Salidi return to the NICU every Christmas with presents for the preemies.

A holiday tradition emerged for the Saladi family with the birth of their twins four years ago. Kovidh and Harshad Saladi spent 11 days in the NICU at UAMS in December 2014. Every year since, they have come back with their parents, Swaroop and Manju, during the Christmas season to give gifts to the NICU…

April 25, 2018

NICU Graduates Show off Growth in 7th Annual Reunion

Katrina Dupins

April 25, 2018 | A steady stream of healthy, happy and adventurous infants and toddlers visited UAMS Medical Center April 21 for the Seventh Annual NICU Reunion. Karrissa Newby has been to the event once before, when her baby was about 3 months old and a very recent graduate of the UAMS neonatal intensive care…