Category: NEC stories


How the Pandemic Aggravates NICU Life

Written by Awanti Sambarey, PhD, the mother of Baby Indira. “Though she be but little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare Nothing prepares you to have a preterm baby. My pregnancy was wonderful, and I did everything “right” – from…

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Living With NEC: A Survivor’s Experience

Lakevia is grateful to have survived this terrifying disease but continues to live with its consequences- she shares her story.

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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….

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2019 Year in Review

Thanks to our generous community of supporters, in 2019 the NEC Society brought us closer to a world without necrotizing enterocolitis. Over the last year, we’ve engaged thousands of diverse stakeholders from around the globe. Together, we’ve launched research projects,…

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Once My Child, Always My Child

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Written by Jennifer Canvasser, Founder and Director of the NEC Society “How many kids do you have?” “Are they your only two?” “Do you have other children?” These are easy questions. I…

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Human Milk and the Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis

For premature and medically fragile babies, breast milk can be a lifesaving intervention. The NEC Society’s webinar series on human milk covered evidence-based practices for optimizing the use of human milk with babies at increased risk of NEC, as well…

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Learning to Live After Loss

Melissa Dlugolecki and Jennifer Canvasser share a love for running, healthy lifestyles, and green smoothies. But, unfortunately, that’s not what brought them together. Melissa and Jennifer each lost a child to necrotizing enterocolitis, and their children, Leyden and Micah, brought…

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Working Through Infertility, NEC, and Child Loss as an L&D Nurse

Written by Julie Cavellini, Labor & Delivery nurse and mother of Brooks and Carys Cossey After struggling with infertility for years, I was ecstatic to finally be pregnant with my son, Brooks. After three rounds of IVF, I was willing to do…

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From Three to One: Giving Birth to Triplets and Losing Two to NEC

Written by, Fannie, the mother of Keaton, Dorian and Aiden.  I always wanted twins. I was 38 years old, and had just married the love of my life. I left my home and my whole life in France – my…

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Raising Awareness in Honor of Our Son

Written by Morrison and Dwight’s mother, Heather Driscoll After struggling with infertility for two years and spending thousands of dollars, we were finally pregnant. With twins. After all that pain and suffering, I smiled at the thought of being repaid with…

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