Giving News & Highlights

Inspired by Ziggy’s care, his family plans to give back

Emily, along with her husband, Matt, rushed to Methodist Hospital when her water broke at 30 weeks and was told by her doctor that she was about to deliver a pre-term baby who would need to be taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis immediately after he was born. Wanting to be with their baby, the couple changed plans and rushed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, across from Children’s, to deliver their son, Zigmond “Ziggy” Barbero.

barberobabyDuring labor, Emily received two steroid shots to help with fetal lung development and was visited by Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses who told she and her husband what to expect after delivery.

“Great preparation,” the couple said.

The doctors and nurses armed them with the facts.

Ziggy was born weighing 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Matt, a property development executive with Target corporation, was thrilled and scared at the sight of his tiny infant son. Ziggy was immediately moved into Children’s special care nursery (SCN) on the seventh floor of Abbott where he was closely monitored.

Four days after Ziggy was born, the Barbero family learned that they were going to be one of 15 families moved over to the new Mother Baby Center when it opened. They were the first occupants of the generously sponsored C.H. Robinson SCN room. This was especially meaningful, as Emily is the director of internal communications at C.H. Robinson and has been involved in their partnership with Children’s.

barberofamilyjpgMoving their fragile child made them a bit nervous until they saw their beautiful new home, complete with a pull-out sofa for the parents to stay. They were able to remain with their precious Ziggy as he learned to feed, gain weight and grow stronger.

During their time at Children's, Emily and Matt were moved by the people and care that blessed their son’s life. Both parents look forward to exploring the corporate partnerships that their companies have with the hospital and want to continue being involved!

Team Sophie

Micah and Jeff Commander were excited to add another to their growing brood, and even more excited to learn they were having twins. But midway through the pregnancy, they learned that one of the girls, Sophie, would be born with a rare congenital heart defect that, if left untreated, could lead to congestive heart failure, heart murmurs and abnormal heart rhythms.


A NICU family gives back

>It’s hard for me to describe what it has meant for me to be able to partner with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to raise money for their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over the past three years. But what I do know is that I owe 28 years of good health to all who cared for me when I was born. Unfortunately I never had a chance to personally know and thank the nurses and doctors who were able to successfully deliver me.


The 'Hoiness Miracles' return to Baby Steps

In July 2011, Kellie Hoiness was giddy over her upcoming 21-week doctor’s appointment. She and her husband, Marshall, would learn the gender of their twins. As first-time parents, each appointment was a milestone.

They learned they were having baby girls – and that their seemingly normal pregnancy was anything but. One of the twins – Khloe – had blood flow issues. She wasn’t growing properly.


Kangaroo caring: Thankful for Kangaroo care

Holding your baby for the first time is something that all parents look forward to, but it's different for parents of preemies. We can't hold our babies immediately after they're born. We have to wait and just watch and gently touch through the isolette until they are healthy enough. We waited 20 long days before we could hold Kaleb, but it was the most amazing feeling!