Making a Big Impact for Our Smallest Patients

Posted: May 17, 2023

Small Baby Program: Helping improve outcomes for the smallest babies

Kenyattee Lynn was barely past the halfway mark in her pregnancy when she suddenly had a tiny newborn, she was learning to care for in a way that’s not taught in the typical birthing classes. She was navigating new motherhood through a tangle of cords and tubes that were her baby’s lifeline.

Baby Teigen grew and got stronger right before her mother’s eyes. “I remember just thinking, ‘she’s so tiny,’” Kenyattee recalled.

A couple of weeks before Teigen’s birth, Kenyattee said she started showing signs of preterm labor. Her care team at Ascension Sacred Heart quickly acted and she was put on bed rest.

The NICU at Studer Family Children’s Hospital became Kenyattee’s home away from home for almost four months. Through each milestone and setback, the nurses and doctors made sure she was fully informed and understood what was happening.

To ensure infants continue to thrive and meet their best potential after they leave the hospital, they connect families with a network of 30 pediatric subspecialists and community support services.

From celebrating Christmas, ringing in the New Year, and sharing all the love on Valentine’s Day, baby Teigen experienced holidays in the NICU.

Her biggest achievement came when she to go home after 117 days in our Children’s Hospital. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Teigen wore a graduation cap and gown and passing through the halls lined with the nurses who cared for her during your extended stay.

“My care was a 10 out of 10,” Kenyattee says. “I highly recommend Studer Family Children’s Hospital. Even though this was not the birth story I envisioned, the staff made sure my experience there was great.”

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