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Sibling Sundaes Helps Keep Families Together

Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 02:04 PM CDT

Baby Bowen is snuggled in his isolette in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. David's Medical Center. He was born at just 34 weeks and is having trouble keeping his temperature regulated. Jennifer David and her husband have three other children at home. Thanks to the Sibling Sundaes program, the family can all be together in the NICU, at least for one Sunday afternoon.

Jennifer smiles watching her family bond, "There is no day or night right now. It's just every three hours and this gave us all something to look forward to today to meet their new brother and spend time with them because we miss them. We've been away from them for almost two weeks!"

Hand to Hold partners with St. David's to hold Sibling Sundaes once a month. It's a godsend for parents pulled in different directions when a pre-mature baby comes. The program teaches their other children all about preemies -- why they need around the clock care -- and how to handle them. It's a way to make the entire family feel whole again before the new arrival is ready to head home for good.         

Jennifer says, "Our other children have come up to visit us but they haven't been able to see him. Pictures are one thing, but for them to see him and interact with him is a big thing and it gives us hope that we'll all be home together."

By Judy Maggio

Sibling Sundaes Helps Keep Families Together


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