Born less than a pound, Naomi Bakker spent 142 days in the Renown NICU. Her family recently celebrated a giant milestone in the former micro preemie’s life: Her first birthday.
*Note: This video contains images of a premature baby during her time in the NICU.
Angela Bakker was diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction at 23 weeks of her pregnancy — a defective placenta — which caused her daughter to stop being fed in the womb. Slipping into preeclampsia, Angela was forced to deliver her daughter, Naomi, prematurely on July 1, 2015, at Renown Health. Naomi was just 13 ounces when she was born, and she spent 142 days in the NICU.
Leaving the hospital as a family was a major milestone for the Bakkers. In July, the family celebrated another very special occasion: Naomi’s first birthday. The family celebrated at Renown surrounded by Naomi’s former NICU nurses.
Naomi was on oxygen when she left the NICU, but now she only requires oxygen when traveling to Lake Tahoe or other higher elevations. While she is about the size of an 8-month-old baby, she is doing well.
“One of the nurses said Naomi’s is the kind of story they dream about, and that’s why they do what they do,” Angela Bakker says.