What We Do

NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) is a leading cause of infant death, impacting hundreds of babies every year in the United States. It is a devastating intestinal disease that primarily affects preemies and medically fragile infants. The NEC Society is a non-profit, 501c3…

Who We Are

The NEC Society is a clinician-family collaborative organization specifically focused on the understanding, prevention, and treatment of NEC. The NEC Society was launched in 2014 and is spearheaded by two mothers who lost their own babies to NEC. We are…

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Volunteer your time, donate funds, get active in your community…there are so many ways you can support the NEC Society and protect our most fragile infants from this devastating disease. We’re changing the status quo by working together with people…

News

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…

Mebane Family Honors Daughter Makenna with Generous Donation to NEC Society

Amena and Brandon Mebane welcomed their daughter Makenna to the world on November 12, 2018. Makenna was born at 35 weeks gestation with a genetic condition and heart defect. When Makenna was just eight days old, she developed necrotizing enterocolitis…

I Gave My Baby Breast Milk. Why Did She Develop NEC?

Written by Dr. Steven McElroy, University of Iowa, and Dr. Misty Good, Washington University I Gave My Baby Breast Milk. Why Did She Develop NEC? As neonatologists who have dedicated their careers to understanding necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), this is a…

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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Educational Resources

These resources are available for free. Please print and display them to help us raise awareness!  Click here for 8.5 x 11 version of the poster. Click here for 8.5 x 11 version of the poster

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The Best Children’s Hospitals and NICUs use Donor Milk

The NEC Society is committed to reducing the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We strive to raise awareness, empower families, and provide information on factors that increase or decrease the risks of NEC. It is imperative that families have open,…

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