Sweet Surprise: NICU nurse cares for mother and baby, 30 years apart

Article Date: Apr 8, 2014

Left to Right: Nurse Julie Peck, Kenleigh Blake, Jessica Blake and Dr. Michael Barsoom

Sometimes in healthcare, doctors and nurses care for more than one generation of a family.

In 1984, NICU nurse Julie Peck took care of quadruplets at Children's Hospital. The babies spent 12 weeks in the NICU after being born at 29 weeks.

Jump forward 30 years to 2014. In January, Peck once again touched the life of one of those quadruplets - this time as the NICU nurse navigator at Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center.

Jessica Blake, of Gravity, Iowa, one of the quadruplets Peck care for, decided to have her own baby at Bergan Mercy. Michael Barsoom, M.D., a specialist in maternal fetal medicine, delivered Blake's daughter - Kenleigh Danae Blake - at 33 weeks. Like her mother, Kenleigh needed to stay in the hospital's NICU.

When Peck heard from another nurse that there was a baby in the NICU whose mother was a quadruplet, she wondered and had to check out her hunch. "I came in and realized that she was one of the quadruplets I had cared for and we just started catching up," said Peck. "She shared photos of her and her siblings from when they were babies to their teens. I remembered how amazing it was to have all four of them there at once."

Blake was amazed, too.

"It's strange how you can bump into someone and find out that you know them already," she said. "I thought it was neat to meet someone who took care of us in the NICU. Now she's changed diapers for two generations of my family."

Looking back at photos, Blake also realized how hospitals have changed. Today's private NICU suites are a big improvement. That was a help to Blake when she went home to check in with her husband, Joshua, who was taking care of their two-year-old son, Brayton – also delivered by Dr. Barsoom in 2012.

"They've really made us feel like we're at home here," Blake said. "It was hard to leave when I needed to go home, but with Julie and the other nurses here, it was easier because I knew my baby girl was in wonderful hands."

Reader Comments
Posted: Apr 10 2014 2:22 PM CST by Matt McCahill

Thank you for taking such good care of my grandchildren and great granddaughter.

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