Patient or provider stories from the NICU

June 29, 2021

Family’s Happy Ending Almost Derailed by COVID-19

Linda Satter

Ashton and Charles Reed visit their daughter, Celia Ann, in the UAMS NICU. Celia was born at 30 weeks as Ashton Reed battled COVID.

Celia Ann Reed was two weeks old when her parents got to hold her for the first time in a hospital room at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center.

May 3, 2021

Virtual NICU Reunion Keeps Graduates and Families United and Informed

Linda Satter

Sara Peeples, M.D., helps moderate the virtual NICU Reunion.

Sara E. Peeples, M.D., medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), moderated a virtual NICU Reunion on April 24, with a scene from The Wizard of Oz as her background. She was joined by Becky Sartini, assistant nursing director for the inpatient women and…

October 28, 2020

UAMS Remembers Those Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Katrina Dupins

Love Lives Remembrance Ceremony

At dusk on Oct. 16, nurses, doctors, chaplains, community members and volunteers gathered outside the UAMS Medical Center to remember those touched by perinatal loss. Every year, UAMS Love Lives Bereavement Program organizes a Day of Remembrance to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and remember grieving families. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there…

May 26, 2020

Kangaroo Care Promotes Growth, Bonding

Katrina Dupins

Amanda Craver

While so many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of skin-to-skin time for moms and their preemies is still strong. Kangaroo Care, the name for skin-to-skin contact with a preterm baby, has a positive physical that goes beyond strengthening a bond, researchers say. “In the best of circumstances, Kangaroo care provides…

March 11, 2020

UAMS Medical Center Recognized as Center of Excellence for Childbirth Complication Placenta Accreta Spectrum


Group photo of women's team with honor banner

The Maternal Safety Foundation has named the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center an Accreta Center of Excellence, recognizing its superior care for a life-threatening childbirth complication called placenta accreta spectrum disorder. UAMS Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to receive the designation, which indicates that UAMS has both…

February 18, 2020

Family and Baby Stay Close with Ronald McDonald Family Room

Katrina Dupins

Emily & children

Emily and Michael Baker are no novices when it comes to being the parent of a premature baby. Their daughter, Isabella, 3, and son, Bradley who is nearly 2, are both graduates of the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). And now their son Joshua, born Jan. 14 at 28 weeks and 2 days, is…

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.

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