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Baby Gwen's NICU Story

  • Category: Women's Health

Gwen was born at 34 weeks at Mary Washington Hospital's Family Birth Place at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension, meaning her lungs were not fully inflating. Gwen spent 17 days in Mary Washington Hospital's Level III NICU. Her parents, Kaitlyn and Andre, weren't able to hold her until she was five days old, and mom wasn't able to breastfeed until she was six days old. After experiencing a scary setback, Gwen rebounded and went home on June 8, 2020. According to mom, she has been perfect ever since.

"If we were to go through this again, we would do it with so much more confidence, knowing the nurses there and knowing the hospital has what we need." —Kaitlyn Robinson