Delivering Twins During a Pandemic | Everett and Ivy's NICU Story

Alex Burns

Cody and Brittany Pratt found out they were having twins at their7.5-week  ultrasound. 'It was the best curve ball we could have asked for, both exciting and scary at the same time.'  

They welcomed their twins, Everett and Ivy on April 9, 2020,  at 34 weeks of pregnancy. The beautiful babies have now been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  (NICU)  for  three weeks.     

'The OB and NICU staff were wonderful,' says  Brittany. 'They are team players and have the patient and their  family's  goals in mind the entire time they are caring for you.   We really wish we could name everyone who helped us on our journey, but there are too many to name.   Dr. Lessard is a great OB physician and really cares about her patients.'  

Having their babies during a pandemic changed their birthing plan  significantly. Dr. Lessard worked with them up to the point of delivery to ensure that everything would go perfectly.  'We were introduced to the NICU at 30 weeks, which was  great,  so we knew what to expect  with premature infants,' says  Cody.  'The day of delivery, we did not have any surprises. The staff kept us informed and let us know what to expect. The  NICU team  really does  a great job keeping the parents involved in their baby's  care no matter how many lines they are connected to.'  

'During this pandemic, access to the NICU and bedside visitation has been limited greatly. As you can imagine, this is very difficult for parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family,' says  Amy Zabinski a  patient  care  supervisor in the NICU.  

'We  are able to see  our babies  as  parents,  but it has not been an easy experience having to answer multiple questions and be screened every time you want to see your little ones,' says Brittany. 'It has also been a challenge to figure out ways other family members, including the  twins'  big brother, would be able to see them.We have also been  nervous about bringing any unknown exposures into  the twins.'  

Cody and Brittany both think having a  NicView camera system would have been a wonderful addition to theirbabies'  time in the NICU.  'Every time we visited the twins, it was very difficult to leave.  With an  8-year-old  at home, we couldn't be at the hospital as much as we wanted.  A  NicView  would have given us the opportunity to see them even when we were at home. It would have also allowed our older son to see them more often too. Siblings wait a long time to meet the new baby and this situation was really hard on him.'  

The  NicView  system  would allow  Altru NICU patients and family members 'virtual' access totheir newbornvia  streaming secure video onany device.  

Altru Health Foundation will participate in Giving Tuesday Now, a globalgenerosity movement event on May 5. All donations made to Altru Health Foundation at on this day will benefit Altru's NICU to install a  NicView  Camera System.   

Altru Health Foundation has set a goal of $60,000 to install the  NicView Camera System on 15 NICU patient beds. Gifts up to $300 do not require itemizing for the 2020 tax year to qualify for a charitable deduction under the new Universal Charitable Contribution. If just 200 generous donors give gifts of $300, we can meet our goal together and connect NICU families with their loved ones across the country.

To support  Altru's  NICU, go to  and choose option Giving Tuesday NICU.    You can make a difference and keep families connected!

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