According to Jenny Berg, her twin boys, Elijah Michael and Cash Allen, decided to come a little early. Born at just 26 weeks and weighing 2 pounds, 4 ounces and 2 pounds, 6 ounces, the boys were taken directly to Kadlec’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They stayed in the unit for 7 weeks before graduating to home.
“No one prepares for that,” said Jenny of her boys’ early birth. “But we are so thankful to have the Kadlec NICU really close to us. I was able to see them every day, twice a day, to hold them and touch them. I think that has a lot to do with how well they are doing.
“I didn’t think twice about it (the NICU) until I went through this. Either you, or someone you know, or someone you will know is going to have a baby that needs these services. It’s really wonderful for families to have this care locally,” she said.
Jenny brought her boys to the annual 36-hour Kadlec 4 Kids a Thon in October, which this year raised money to support the expansion of the NICU.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” she said of her NICU experience. “Everyone is so kind. Even with other families and so much going on around you, they make you feel as if you and your family are the only ones there.”