Patient or provider stories from the NICU

July 14, 2023

Camden Mom Donates Tiny Angel Gowns to NICU

Linda Satter

Haley Clark, her husband Seth and their two children Owen and Lilly are flanked by Adam Sandlin, M.D., and his APRN, Brooke Keathley.

| One day as Haley Myers Clark looked out the window of her Camden home, lost in painful memories of losing her premature son, Noah, a little blue butterfly fluttered by. “My mom would always tell me, ‘If you see a butterfly, that’s somebody from Heaven coming to see you, and that’s God sending a…

May 18, 2023

UAMS NICU Reunion at Little Rock Zoo Draws Large Crowd

Kaitlin Barger

2023 UAMS NICU Reunion sign

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) held a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion at the Little Rock Zoo on Sunday, May 7.

April 15, 2022

Family Celebrates Their ‘Walking Miracle’ with Donation to NICU

Kaitlin Barger

Hayes Haupt delivering donation to the UAMS NICU

The Haupt family recently returned to UAMS to give a gift to the NICU in honor of their son’s fourth birthday. Micah Haupt, her husband Will, Hayes, and his 7-year-old brother Hutch were thrilled to be back in the NICU on April 8 after last year’s gift had to be presented outside due to COVID-19…

January 4, 2022

UAMS e-Link Bridging the Gap Between Parents, NICU

Benjamin Waldrum

Ridley Becker

New mom Jaclyn Becker of Bryant said the experience of having her first child hasn’t been what she imagined. Ridley Becker was born Oct. 26 at 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. He’s been in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) since that time. “Being separated from him has been really hard,” she said….

October 15, 2021

UAMS Remembers Those Mourning Infant and Pregnancy Loss

Linda Haymes

Doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care and genetic counselors gathered at sunset on Oct. 7 to remember more than 250 perinatal losses at UAMS during the past year.

As the sun set Oct. 7, doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care and genetic counselors gathered at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to remember more than 250 perinatal losses at UAMS during the past year. “Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members want to know that their children are loved and remembered,”…

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…

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