SAVANNAH, Ga. – Every year, Memorial Health in Savannah places hundreds of newborn babies in its NICU.
NICU, or Neonatal Intensive Care Units, offers families and their babies specialized care for premeeies or children required extra attention in their first days, or months, of life.
September is NICU Awareness Month in order to raise support and encouragement for NICU families and medical staff.
Paul and Sherri Armitage of Richmond Hill owes the success of their kids’ health to the Memorial Health’s NICU.
In November of 2014, Sherri gave birth to quadruplets.
“This was not the plan.The plan was hopefully one and we just beat a lot of odds by having four,” Armitage said.
Her kids stayed in the NICU for a month before being released.
Now almost two years later they are thriving and developing normally. Leah Whittaker was on of the kids nurses in the NICU and felt a special connection with the family, and each family she helps care for at the hospital.
“We want to give them the best chance that they can have, to make it out of there, and to be a success and so that we can watch them grow up such as what I’ve been able to do with the Armitages,” Whittaker said.
Sherri Armitage advises new parents and families in any NICU to not worry too much about the future and to live in the present.
“Just take it moment by moment. So much can change in just an hour, even just a couple minutes and celebrating the little things like when they gain a couple grams or when they take their first bottle,” Armitage said.
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