Noah Shay Magnus was born on August 9th at 4:17pm, weighing just shy of 1.5 pounds. Jana was 26 weeks pregnant when Noah was born and he spent 120 days in the NICU. We are so fortunate to live near some of the best hospitals in the country, including Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), where Noah was born and cared for.
To celebrate Noah’s 1st birthday, we are organizing the inaugural Pedaling for Preemies – Ride for Noah and the Brigham on Saturday, August 10th, 2019. We have set an ambitious goal of $25,000. All funds raised will support the NICU Building Fund and if we reach our goal to raise $25,000 a space will be named after the event in honor of Noah! So we need your help!
1) Join the Ride! Join the team and help fundraise! There will be a 25 or 50 mile bike ride starting from our house in Framingham. To join the team and fundraise, please reach out Jana or Keith for details.
2) Donate to our Fundraiser! Riding not your thing? Make a donation instead (and get your company to match)! A gift of any size helps the BWH NICU. Here are a few examples:
· $5 – A book for the NICU book cart (Reading at the bedside allows parents the opportunity to bond with their baby. Newborns can recognize and are comforted by the sound of their parents' voices and new research suggests this might enhance brain development.)
· $10 – a meal for a parent at Au Bon Pain (Many parents spend all day/night with their babies and do not have time and/or resources to make a meal at home. Providing a gift card to ABP allows them to stay nourished.)
· $25 - A gas gift card to provide transportation to parents traveling back and forth from the NICU (We drove 40 miles a day every day to be with Noah. Some parents drive in from another state. Gas cards help!)
· $50 – two sleep sacs for the babies in the NICU (Once babies are in the GDU, they are able to come out of their swaddle blankets and into a cozy sleep sack. Noah loved (and still does) his HALO sacks)
· $100 – a car bed to allow for safe travel/transport home (Many babies leave the NICU too small for a traditional car seat so they need a car bed for transport. They do not rent these out - they must be purchased.)
About BWH NICU: BWH has a state-of-the-art Level III NICU, the largest in Massachusetts, and provides expert newborn care for nearly 3,000 premature and seriously ill babies and their families each year. On staff are internationally-recognized neonatologists, expert nursing staff and other NICU health professionals who are dedicated to providing the very best and most advanced care possible to newborns with critical and unique health challenges. (Shout out to all of the nurses, dr's, respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, feeding and nutrition specialists, social workers and research assistants!)
The BWH NICU teams practice family-centered care and strongly encourage parents to participate in the care of their infant. During his 4 month stay, Noah was cared for by an amazing team of nurses, including his 4 primary nurses (Marianne, Julie, Chris and Patty), who showed us how to care for Noah from Day 1 to Day 120. We learned how to take his temperature, change his diaper, swaddle, bathe, kangaroo care, feed, and so much more. They made sure we were involved from the very beginning of our NICU journey and now we want to give back.