Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital
I remember the day I first met Nurse Jodi like it was yesterday. I was sitting bedside next to Jackson in his incubator, helpless, scared, and wishing there was something I could do for my son. Jodi, who would turn out to be Jackson’s very first primary, came in and said “I encourage all moms to be active and participate, so get up and come here.”
I was thinking, “What?! What did she just say to me? OMG!”
At that time, Jackson was huge, for a preemie that is, all 4lbs of him. I jumped up without hesitation and Jodi kindly, gently, and patiently showed me how to complete the every 3 hour NICU check on my own with her support and guidance. I was beyond excited! She gave me the opportunity to finally begin to actively be Jackson’s mom. It was a NICU turning point and I am so grateful to Jodi for that moment. She took the time to empower me and to “take over” in partnership with her.
Fast forward 2 years later, 34 weeks and 5 days pregnant with my 2nd son and my water breaks. I’m admitted and told I will deliver my son within 24 hours and that he will be admitted to the NICU. My heart breaks. I’m crushed. I can’t even process returning to the NICU. Without hesitation, my husband Terry says “call Jodi”. I text her immediately and it was amazing. She had just picked up the next shift! Hours later Maxson J. Meghie is born and taken to the NICU to Jodi! I can’t explain the relief and comfort I had knowing where he was going and who would be taking care of him.
Jodi was both of my son’s advocate & caretaker. She was my friend, confidant, and support system when I desperately needed all three.
NICU Nurses can be another “mom” for your baby. They are your child’s voice and your advocate when you can’t be there. Jodi took care of Jackson & Max with the same love and care that I did myself all while watching over him medically. Jodi is a special soul and we are so blessed that Jackson brought her into our life.
We are forever grateful to nurse Jodi, both Jackson’s and Maxson’s first primary nurse.
Nominated by Carrie Meghie