Born Less Than 1 Pound, Micro Preemie Graduates from NICU


Naomi Bakker’s family recently celebrated the biggest day in their baby’s life, as the former micro preemie went home after 142 days in the Renown NICU. Break out the tissues: You’ll need them as you watch this beautifully touching story unfold.

*Note: This video contains images of a premature baby during her time in the NICU.

micropreemie“She be little, but she be fierce,” is how nurses in the Renown Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) describe Naomi Bakker.

Naomi’s mom Angela Bakker was diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) at 23 weeks — a defective placenta — which caused her daughter to stop being fed in the womb. Slipping into preeclampsia, Angela was forced to deliver Naomi prematurely on July 1, 2015, at Renown Health.

Naomi spent 142 days in the NICU.

Watch as Family Welcomes Micro Preemie Home

“She was definitely one of the smallest babies I have cared for,” explained NICU Nurse, Carrie Archie, RN. “To have a 12-ounce-and-change baby do so well is amazing.”

Angela and her husband, Michael, had nothing but positive things to say about the care they all received during Naomi’s 142 days at the NICU.

“Her primary care nurses have been amazing,” says Angela.

Mom also sought support online and connected to other moms all over the world who had similar experiences with micro preemies. Dad started the blog “Naomi Joy Bakker” to update more than 10,000 people following Naomi’s progress.

micropreemie dad

“I’m feeling awesome. It’s a great day to have my little girl home,” says Michael Bakker.

For more information about the Renown Neonatal ICU, click here.