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Meet Jennifer K., Parent Mentor at Akron Children's

Jennifer K.

Jennifer's Story

Hello! I know this is probably the scariest time of your life. I am more than willing to talk to you and share my stories of the NICU. My son is happy and healthy now. How I wish they had this when my son was in the NICU. I felt that I was all alone with all these big medical terms following me around.

I was afraid to touch my son, with the fear that I may screw something up, or hurt him. But once I did kangaroo care with him, I was hooked.

Here is our story. My son was born 2 ½ months early and was in the NICU for 2 ½ months. He had NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis). He had absent diagnostic flow before he was born.

He also had feeding issues. He would eat and throw it up, or wouldn't eat from the bottle at all. He went home with the tube in his nose and we worked with him day and night to get his weight up and feeding from a bottle.

I am here to help anyone I can. I am also involved in the March of Dimes walk. If you would like to hear more about that I can help.

Jennifer is a parent mentor for these conditions: Necrotizing Enterocolitis.

Jennifer is a mentor for these care services: Developmental Delay, Feeding and Nutrition, Gastroenterology, NICU

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