Families who have a baby being cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) typically spend a lot of time in the hospital – an average of 24 days at American Family Children’s Hospital.
Typically, there are many steps along the journey of care before a baby is healthy enough to go home or return to the local NICU to feed and grow. Understandably, the days and nights often become a blur, making it hard for families to remember each stop along the journey of care.
Ashley Nelson and her husband Jason Phipps of Madison were settling in late on a September night in their birthing suite at UnityPoint Health – Meriter, hoping to get some sleep. About 19 hours earlier, Ashley had given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Leo, the couple’s second child. All seemed fine, and the family was planning to go home the next morning.
RN, a postpartum nurse, was nearing the end of her shift when she noticed that
Leo appeared greyish-blue – a worrisome sign that suggested his oxygen level
Watch a miracle baby’s first weeks of life through the lens of UW Health photographer John Maniaci
Miracles happen every day at American Family Children’s Hospital.
This sound-slideshow, photographed and produced by UW Health photographer John Maniaci, provides a raw, unfiltered window into one of these miracle stories: Baby McKinnley Murray.