Category: NEC stories


Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week is February 7th – 14th and we are so grateful to the families who have shared their heart babies with us. While necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) most often affects preemies, babies born at term sometimes…

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Can concentrated mother’s milk help to prevent NEC?

Written by Beth Schinkel, a NICU nurse and Registered Dietitian. My first experience with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) was early in my nursing career. I took care of a preemie in the NICU who seemed to be thriving. One night during…

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Remembering Dr. Ira Adams-Chapman

The NEC Society is grateful for all that Dr. Ira Adams-Chapman contributed to our community and the neonatal field. We had the privilege of working with her through our efforts to better understand and help improve the long-term outcomes for…

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Finding Purpose: the Zuri Nzilani Foundation

Written by Ashley Wayua, Mother of Zuri and Founder of the Zuri Nzilani Foundation When my husband Ian and I learned that I was pregnant, we were excited and looked forward to becoming parents. My pregnancy was bliss until the…

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NEC Society Welcomes Linseigh Green to Board of Directors

The Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Society is proud to welcome Linseigh Green to the Board of Directors. The Board oversees the organization’s operations, projects, and research, while working to ensure they align with the NEC Society’s vision and values. The Board…

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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

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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