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NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) is a leading cause of infant death, impacting thousands of babies every year. It is a devastating intestinal disease that primarily affects babies born prematurely or with a medical complication. The NEC Society is a non-profit, 501c3 organization,…

Who We Are

The NEC Society is a collaborative organization dedicated to building a world without necrotizing enterocolitis. We are working to better understand, prevent, and treat this devastating neonatal intestinal disease. The NEC Society was launched in January of 2014 by Jennifer…

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We need YOU to help us build a world without necrotizing enterocolitis. Together we can drive research, raise awareness, and improve outcomes for our most vulnerable babies. Here are 5 things you can do TODAY to help us build a…

News

We Lost Our Daughter to NEC During the COVID-19 Crisis

Written by Emilia’s mother, Felicia Sears.  Our daughter, Emilia Quinn Sears, was born prematurely on March 15, 2020. As this was the beginning of America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, our family’s experience was unlike anything we could have imagined….

Donor Milk Is Still Safe in the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

Written by Erin Hamilton Spence, MD, IBCLC Medical Director Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas Neonatologist, Fort Worth, TX In March 2020, I was working in the NICU as my family was home on spring break. As my kids were…

NEC Awareness Day (May 17)

As the COVID-19 crisis rages, we know that babies are still developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). While many of our events have been canceled, we hope you’ll join us as we recognize World NEC Awareness Day on May 17.  NEC is…

How to Optimize the Use of Mother’s Own Milk in the NICU

Written by Dr. Meg Parker, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine In the NICU, mother’s breast milk is medicine for very premature infants. Mother’s breast milk has a multitude of nutritional and immune…

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9 Things You Need to Know About Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Written by Jennifer Canvasser, founder and director of the NEC Society When my son Micah was six weeks old, I thought he had overcome his fiercest battles that are common to babies born at 27 weeks gestation. He had doubled…

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VIDEO: NEC Prevention Through Collaboration

Check out our new video designed to encourage providers and patient-families to partner to improve care for babies!

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