Beth Rambow, NICU Nurse
Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital
Nominated by Sarah Herman
My daughters were born at 25 weeks. Unfortunately, 4 days later one of our daughters passed away, but Maya continued to be a fighter. Maya spent 136 days in the NICU – 136 of the longest, scariest and most emotional days of our lives. However, if it weren’t for Beth, we would have never got through such a tough experience and Maya would not be the healthy and happy little girl she is today. For 136 days, Beth was always by Maya’s side. She was her relentless and unwavering advocate, her biggest champion and loved and cared for her as much as we did. Beth believed in Maya when others had doubts and always stood up for what was best for Maya.
She not only took care of Maya, but she took care of our whole family. She was the cornerstone of our support system, she was our guide and mentor, and someone you could count on for emotional support on the toughest days. What sets Beth apart from all the other amazing nurses at the Prentice NICU is her mix of knowledge, skill, honesty, empathy, love and care for the whole family, and sense of humor when you need it the most. We are forever grateful for everything Beth has done for our family and for giving us a healthy, happy and thriving little girl. Still today we read the book Madeline that Beth gave Maya when she left the hospital.
It’s about a strong little girl that had to overcome challenges and I remind Maya that she was able to overcome adversity with the amazing support of the Prentice NICU staff and I tell her all about Beth; the special friend she always had by her side.