Medical Center, Navicent Health hosts Preemie Party

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For more than 15 years, Medical Center, Navicent Health has honored the lives of its premature infants.

The hospital held its Neonatal Preemie Party at Hephzibah Children’s Home Saturday.

The babies look a lot different than when some of them were born and weighed in at just one or two pounds.

Other premature babies were born within five months of pregnancy and were cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) at Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Mitch Rodriguez, Medical Director for Medical Center, Navicent Health’s NNICU, says that’s where their parents bonded with nurses and doctors.

“This gives the family an opportunity to come back under a less stressful environment, to share some time with the staff members that have taken care of them during that period of time,” Rodriguez says.

Dr. Rodriguez adds the hospital is establishing a network of preemie families in an effort to have more experienced parents serve as mentors.

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