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Why new parents of twins are giving back to St. Michael’s NICU

Danielle and Chris were so pleased with St. Michael’s that they became monthly donors. “And if we ever win the lottery,” Danielle adds, “I’m going to donate a lot of money and name the NICU after our kids.”

Danielle Renaud was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital and gave birth to twin daughters Selah and Maya when she was 33 weeks pregnant. The tiny girls ended up spending three weeks in the NICU, cared for by St. Michael’s experts until they were strong enough to breathe and eat on their own and go home.

Danielle and her husband Chris were impressed by the kindness of the staff and the care their family received at St. Michael’s; they only wish they could have stayed in the NICU overnight with their babies, which wasn’t possible.

“I think the hardest part was how difficult it was for us to leave the girls at night,” Danielle says. “I remember we had two incubators next to each other, but they were out in the open in front of the nurse’s station, so there was no privacy. Private rooms in the new NICU will be awesome.”

The couple did, however, stay in the NICU’s family room on the girls’ last night in the hospital. “The babies are in the room with you, and if you have issues or questions, the nurses are right outside the door,” Danielle says. “The St. Mike’s staff were great. The nurses taught us so much about how to take care of the girls. They actually got them on a schedule before we came home, and we stuck to it, which I think saved our sanity. And they taught us all kinds of tricks, like how to get the babies to sleep, how to feed them if they fall asleep, how to change their diapers… they taught us everything.”

In fact, Danielle and Chris were so pleased with St. Michael’s that they became monthly donors. “And if we ever win the lottery,” Danielle adds, “I’m going to donate a lot of money and name the NICU after our kids.”

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