When Angela and Michael Bakker found out that they were expecting a baby girl, they were beyond thrilled. The thought of raising a child together and making memories as a family was all they ever dreamed of.
Unfortunately, that dream came to a screeching halt when Angela gave birth 15 weeks early. She was only 25 weeks along and the chance of their baby girl, Naomi Joy, surviving was slim to none.
However, the staff at the Renown Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit worked around the clock to keep Naomi growing in a safe environment. Then after two longs weeks, Angela and Michael were finally allowed to hold their beautiful baby.
Skin-to-skin contact is one of the most important things a baby can experience after birth. But for Naomi, she was stuck inside a plastic NICU bubble for more than two weeks with only the occasional touch from her parents.
This type of skin-to-skin contact is called “kangaroo care” and it’s believed to help aid the development of a preemie baby. That’s why the NICU staff decided it was time to break Naomi out of the bubble and allow her parents to hold her.
Even though she was less than one pound at birth, they believed Naomi was in a stable enough condition to be held. With eight NICU nurses aiding the transfer from the bubble to Angela’s chest, the process went smoothly and she rested peacefully on her Momma.
Angela’s expression is pure joy when that beautiful baby girl is placed on her chest. Her eyes are wide with wonder as the medical team works around her, then she begins beaming as she finally holds her daughter after all these days.
Thankfully, Angela and Michael were able to hold their baby girl every single one of the 128 more days she was in the hospital. Thanks to the constant care of the NICU staff and her parents’ positivity, Naomi is now a healthy, happy little girl.