My name is Moreen Blackstock and I would like to share my story and greatly acknowledge the hospital that I delivered our “Miracle Baby” named Miranda. She was born December 23, 2009 at 29 weeks weighing in at 2 pounds and 9.5 ozs. Being 1st time parents my husband and I didn't know what was in store for us but the team at Regional Newborn Center (RNC) and the NICU in Monmouth Medical Center located in Long Branch New Jersey, was on our side throughout our family's journey.
As Miranda settled into her temporary home in NICU, our lives began to get a little rocky. It started with myself, fighting infections after my C-section and then having emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder. Just when we thought things were back to normal, my husband became ill due to health issues that he had and was admitted into the hospital.
We were all admitted into three different area hospitals at the same time. It was unreal to even comprehend because the thought in our minds was who was going to take care of our baby.
On January 7, 2010 Miranda's father, passed away leaving behind his miracle baby still in RNC and myself still admitted recuperating from surgery.
I cannot stress enough how the staff at RNC and NICU has been so supportive of our family while we went through so many struggles. I thank GOD for having them in my life and providing the care that she needed. Today she is 4 years old and full of life. Each year the organization BIG STEPS LITTLE FEET located in Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch NJ has their annual walk to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This organization raises funds to provide additional services or equipment to care for these high-risk babies. They were a blessing to me and my family.