A baby’s cry triggers a reflexive response. “We want to meet our babies’ needs immediately,” says Karen Davis, R.N. “But if critical duties keep us from responding right away, and a parent isn’t on site, it’s good to know a volunteer is there.”
Each year, hundreds of families gather at Providence St. Vincent to reunite with others whose children began their lives in the neonatal intensive care, or NICU. The event gives families a chance to meet, mingle and share their common experience.
When pregnant 35-year-old Ivonne Cortez of Sherwood collapsed Sunday, Aug. 22, shortly after arriving to the emergency department at Providence Newberg Medical Center, the last thing on her mind was that she’d be separated from her baby.