Mary Lewis Soileau
Mary Lewis Soileau

As the mother of a child who spent most of her life in NICU, PICU and CICU, I am a firm believer that a mother and father should have as much access to their child as possible. It is hard to form a bond with your child when the first days and months of the infants life is spent away from the arms of family. Sick babies NEED the loving touch of their mothers and fathers. I believe in the powers of healing touch. My daughter survived for 8 years and the majority of those years were spent in an...

As the mother of a child who spent most of her life in NICU, PICU and CICU, I am a firm believer that a mother and father should have as much access to their child as possible. It is hard to form a bond with your child when the first days and months of the infants life is spent away from the arms of family. Sick babies NEED the loving touch of their mothers and fathers. I believe in the powers of healing touch. My daughter survived for 8 years and the majority of those years were spent in an ICU. Had I not had immediate, sterile access to her I would have missed out on most of her life. PLEASE do not limit a parents time with their infant. One just never knows how much time is available.

Mary Lewis Soileau
Mary Lewis Soileau
  • Mary Lewis Soileau

I do want to add that every ICU my daughter was in was top notch. Our last days were spent in the CICU (Cardiovascular) at Arkansas Children's in Little Rock and the staff and care Mary Ashlee received was phenomenal. WHY? Because I was able to spend as much time with her as i could. Also, as we were from out of town, a Ronald McDonald house was directly across the street providing us with a room at a small fee OR whatever one could afford, whenever one could afford. I FULLY support this...

I do want to add that every ICU my daughter was in was top notch. Our last days were spent in the CICU (Cardiovascular) at Arkansas Children's in Little Rock and the staff and care Mary Ashlee received was phenomenal. WHY? Because I was able to spend as much time with her as i could. Also, as we were from out of town, a Ronald McDonald house was directly across the street providing us with a room at a small fee OR whatever one could afford, whenever one could afford. I FULLY support this cause and hope that God blesses the infants and families who enter the doors of Willow Creek Women's Hospital. Good luck!!

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Mary Lewis Soileau

Bless your heart and daughter...I KNOW she is hard at play at the feet of Jesus! Thank you so much for sharing your story, and for your great support of this cause!

Mary Lewis Soileau
Mary Lewis Soileau
  • Mary Lewis Soileau

Thank you, Christine!!! Yes! She is healthy and whole and will always be my angel. :)

Jamila Graham
Jamila Graham

As a mother of 4 all being premature this cause is especially important 2 me. My twins now 8 months had to stay in nicu for 2 wks in the next city 30 min away, that was hard enough ! I couldnt imagine a 3 hour trip every day

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Jamila Graham

Thank you for your support!

Tina Bansi Atl
Tina Bansi Atl

Yes. So important. My son was in nicu for 8 days. 8 days I was there from early until 12midnight sometimes later. I did not see much parents there and they only spent 1 or 2 hours. What could've been more important?

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Tina Bansi Atl

Thank you for the support!

Bette Fredrickson
Bette Fredrickson

My twins were born 11 weeks premature in 1980. Back then they were considered very early. The
staff at the NICU at Dartmouth encouraged early bonding. As they grew stronger we became involved in their care. bathing, feeding, I later went on to help start a support group for parents. Support I did not have. Bless all that take care of these babies.

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Bette Fredrickson

Thank you for sharing your story and your support!

Becky Hunt Davis
Becky Hunt Davis

Former NICU nurse. Strongly believe in this cause. My son, now 28 years old was transferred to a neonatal unit 30 minutes away. That seemed too far. Moms and babies need each other!

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Becky Hunt Davis

Thank you for your support!

Dakota Dirck
Dakota Dirck

My daughter was born 5 weeks early after my appendix ruptured i could not imagine of i wouldve had to travel to little rock to see my baby for weeks.

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Dakota Dirck

Thank you for your support and sharing your story!

Vicki Weaver Keith
Vicki Weaver Keith

As the mom of a child who was born 12 weeks early, it is absolutely critical that these parents spend as much time as possible with these babies! It does make a difference - a difference to the infant and the parents!

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Vicki Weaver Keith

Thank you so much for your support!!!

Ashlee René
Ashlee René

Everyone at Willow creek NICU is so amazing. My precious twins had TTTS kept in til 34 weeks because of the amazing MFS at Northwest and Dr Lin and Dr Eagle and their team of APNs and nurses helped my babies and us during such a hard time. I would have been a wreck if I couldn't have been there 24 hours a day! Please support this!

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Ashlee René

Thank you for your kind words and support!

Larry A. Curtis
Larry A. Curtis

This is the most important aspect to the health and safety of both the baby and family.

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • Larry A. Curtis

I agree! Thank you for your support!

La Faith
La Faith

God Bless You and this great work to help our families~Amen!

Christine Picarelli
Christine Picarelli
  • La Faith

Thank you for you kind words and your support!

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