Tiffany's NICU StoryJun 6, 2019
A Christmas gift that came a little too early
Tiffany Lovitz, mom, West Boca Medical Center
After a long journey with infertility, Tiffany Lovitz and her husband were thrilled to learn they were expecting a little girl on Christmas Eve.
With her history of miscarriage, Tiffany didn't want to take any chances. She and her husband, who live in Boynton Beach, decided to have the baby at West Boca Medical Center because of its top-notch obstetrics program.
"I knew I would feel safer and more secure in a hospital with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), known for handling high-risk pregnancies," she says. "It was wonderful to know that I was being treated at the only Level III NICU in Boca Raton and Northwest Broward County."
It was a precautionary move that paid off. During her second trimester, Tiffany had to go on bed rest due to complications. At 24 weeks, she was rushed to the hospital, where the doctor determined it would be best for her to deliver immediately. Devin was born via C-section on September 11, weighing only one pound, seven ounces. The neonatologist, nurses and respiratory therapist were on-hand during the delivery, so they could immediately take the baby to the NICU.
"So many thoughts were swirling through my head," Tiffany says. "Would she survive? How long would she be in the hospital? What am I supposed to do? Especially as first-time parents, my husband and I weren’t prepared for anything like this to happen, and we were terrified."
Tihe couple had to leave the hospital to recuperate at home without her baby girl. They visited every day, of course, getting to know both the NICU staff as well as other couples who were going through the same difficult process.
"Devin spent 124 days in the NICU, and not a day went by without my husband and I visiting," Tiffany recalls. "There were times when we felt like it would never end, but there were also days that made us feel hopeful, that there was light at the end of the tunnel."
On January 13, Devin was finally ready to go home with her parents. It was a little overwhelming at first, learning how to do everything for their "little miracle" on their own, without the skilled care from the NICU staff.
"Looking back, it was the most difficult time in our lives, but we had each other, and we got through it one day at a time," Tiffany says. "Today, our daughter is doing great! She is thriving every day. I am so blessed to have her in my life and couldn't be more proud of her. We still keep in touch with some of the staff members at West Boca Medical Center who have become like family to us."