KicKee Pants' NICU for YOU- Paige Erickson

Altru Grand Forks
Attn: NICU
1200 S. Columbia Road
Grand Fork, ND 58201

Referred By: Paige Erickson

My first son was born 6 weeks premature via emergency c-section.  I never got to hold him before he was taken to the NICU.  If that wasn't hard enough, I was not doing so great.  My hemoglobin was at a 7... it should be at 10 or 11.  I was passing in and out, they called a code blue on me and I woke up to a rapid response team.  The next day I don't remember much, I did get to hold my son that evening.  I also had to have 2 units of blood (thanks to those who donate!).  My struggle didn't stop, after a short (13 days) stay in the nicu, my son got to come home.  He was and still is a challenge. I go awful postpartum depression and cried everyday for months.  Breast feeding gave me anxiety and my little guy didn't latch on.  My husband got deployed for 5 months when our son was 12 weeks old.  The first year was not what it was supposed to be.  Almost 3.5 years later, I still struggle with my oldest.  When I got pregnant with our youngest I was terrified, would I have to have another c section (I didn't :) ), would he be early (6 days) and would he be as hard of a baby as my 1st (way easier).  I got a second chance with my second child.  My husband didn't get deployed and is only ever gone for 2 weeks at the most.  I didn't struggle with postpartum depression this time either.  When I look at pictures of my youngest in his one KP (we now have 2 new ones) I feel so much joy! 

Help us Celebrate and Support NICU Babies

Every day thousands of babies are born too soon, too small, and often very sick. We are here to celebrate them as well as raise awareness for NICU support nationwide. 

This donation campaign is very special to us as we have chosen to give back to the NICUs that mean something to you. Help us give back to them so they can make the stay of a future family a comfortable one. 

We are encouraging, YOU, or amazing KP fans, to send a gift, big or small, to this NICU or another one of your choice from our approved list , referred by the 25 KP followers who have shared their courageous stories with us. On behalf of these little ones, let's pull together and SPREAD THE LOVE!  We will be matching every single donation that comes in 1 for 1, until April 25th. Let the giving begin! 


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