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Infant CPR saves lives

teaganBeth’s daughter, Teagan, was only five-months-old when a little spit-up turned into a big problem. Teagan had trouble breathing, turned blue and went limp. Beth, a nurse accustomed to working with adults, sprang into action – performing CPR on Teagan and calling 9-1-1.

If it hadn’t been for the Infant CPR class offered through the Beaumont Children’s Hospital Parenting Program, Beth may not have known how to properly perform CPR on such a small body.

Beth delivered Teagan prematurely in December 2012. Teagan came to Beaumont Children’s Hospital for retina surgery in April and was admitted to the NICU. During that time, Beth was able to take the CPR class offered by Beaumont’s Parenting Program. Michelle Enerson, R.N., taught the class.

“It’s scary. Looking back, I can’t believe I didn’t freak out. I hope every parent of a NICU baby takes this class. Do everything you can to prepare. I can’t imagine not being medically trained and coming home with a premie,” says Beth.

“Our new parents often share with us that their Parenting Program experience was both life-changing and life-saving. The fact that Teagan’s mom was able to use the lifesaving CPR skills that Michelle taught her, allowing for a positive outcome during such a scary event… THIS  is exactly why we do what we do each and every day,” says Deanna Robb, director of Beaumont’s Parenting Program.

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Ice cream, reunions and bear hugs

Every two years, a special event takes place at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Patients who spent their first days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are reunited with the nurses and doctors who, in some cases, saved their lives – more than once.

This year, more than 500 former patients,  family members and one bear attended the event, which featured an ice cream social, photos with Beau the Bear, car seat safety instructions, coloring and tattoo stations and raffles.

As with any successful event, it takes a dedicated and passionate team. Special thanks goes out to our NICU staff members, Parenting Program staff and volunteers, OT, PT, SW Departments and our team of neonatologists for their year-long planning to help make this an extra special event for our NICU grads.

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