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Helping baby Javier – and his family – breathe easier

Mindy Torres has dedicated three years to working at Children’s Minnesota. When Mindy was just 22.6 weeks pregnant, her water broke due to a pregnancy complication and her baby Javier was then born at just 24.3 weeks, which meant that he was nearly four months premature! Javier was immediately brought to the NICU where he spent 133 days slowly getting stronger and stronger every day.

Born with spina bifida: Odin is cared for by the experts at the Midwest Fetal Care Center

When Darby, and her husband Brad, went in for a routine check-up at their family care provider in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the doctors diagnosed baby Muller with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when a section of the baby’s spinal column does not form properly and a gap appears.

Elliot accomplishes his goal, one step at a time

Recently, Elliot, diagnosed with spina bifida before he was born, set one very important goal for himself: he wanted to ride the bus to school. But there was one thing in his way. He needed to learn to climb the bus stairs by himself.

Born with spina bifida: Odin is cared for by the experts at the Midwest Fetal Care Center

When Darby and Brad went in for a routine check-up at their family care provider in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the doctors diagnosed baby Muller with spina bifida.

National Neonatal Nurses Week 2021

In honor of Neonatal Nurses Week, September 13-19, 2021, we are highlighting Jill Bauer, registered nurse and health professional liaison for neonatal at Children’s Minnesota. Jill has been an RN for 40 years and has been a NICU nurse for 36 years.

Lifesaving treatment for the most critically ill babies: Children’s Minnesota’s award-winning ECMO program

We talked with Dr. Lia Gravari, associate medical director of ECMO for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Minnesota, about ECMO, how it helps save babies and the award-winning ECMO program at Children’s Minnesota.

Children’s Minnesota NICU at Mercy Hospital expands services to help high-risk mothers deliver closer to home

Families in the Twin Cities north metro now have access to 24/7 neonatal experts providing care for even more prematurely born infants.

Caring for the tiniest babies: The village at Children’s Minnesota that gets NICU babies home

Dr. Thomas George, system medical director for neonatology at Children's Minnesota, talks about his journey as a neonatologist and his favorite moments treating newborns. He also explains what's so special about our neonatal team that works across three sites — St. Paul, Minneapolis and Coon Rapids — and collaborates with hospitals across the region.

Baby Richard born at 21 weeks: One of the youngest babies to survive

Richard was born at 21 weeks, making him one of the youngest babies to survive, according to Dr. Stacy Kern, their neonatologist.

What you need to know if your baby is in the NICU

Having a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit can be scary, so Children’s Minnesota is answering questions you might have if your baby is in the NICU.