Category: NEC Society Blog


2020 Year in Review

Like each of us, the NEC Society began 2020 with specific plans, goals, and a vision for the possibilities of 2020. Of course, our best-laid plans were promptly upended when the pandemic swept across the country. Undoubtedly, this year has…

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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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NEC Society Charity Run/Walk

Before the pandemic, the NEC Society completed the California International Marathon (CIM) each year in honor of babies affected by NEC and to raise funds and awareness to advance our mission. We’re hosted a virtual Charity Run/Walk on December 12…

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How the NEC Society is Striving to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Written by Jennifer Canvasser, founder and director of the NEC SocietyThis originally appeared on GlobalGenes.org My son Micah spent months in the NICU and PICU. During his hospitalization, I learned what it means to be vulnerable, isolated, and powerless. It…

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Fall 2020 Webinar Series

Our Fall 2020 Webinar Series attracted more than 700 registrants from over 70 countries. Links to the recordings and slides are available below. Please join our email list to stay tuned for our 2021 webinars and virtual sessions!  Lessons From…

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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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Black Breastfeeding Week 2020

Black Breastfeeding Week is held annually from August 25 – 31, during the last week of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) disproportionately affects Black infants and the best way to help prevent NEC is with mother’s milk. Yet, Black…

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NEC Society Launches Research Project on Long-Term Outcomes of NEC

We are grateful to our patient-family community who helped to build and launch this research project, and who took the time to respond by sharing their family’s personal experience with NEC. This project seeks to understand how NEC affects children,…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Woman and baby

Providing premature and medically fragile infants with human milk offers the most protection against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). That’s why the NEC Society joins the global community in recognizing and celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) each year. WBW takes place on…

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From a NICU Mother to a NICU Nurse

Written by Marlayna McBride, RN, mother of Baby Madilyn Our daughter Madilyn was born via emergency cesarean thirteen weeks prematurely. She was delivered at a small community hospital, and was immediately transported to a level III NICU. My husband and…

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