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John Dexter

John Dexter - NICU DadOn June 25, 2017 I became a NICU dad.

As I drove into the Strong parking garage early that morning, I could have never imagined what I was about to go though.

Ivan was born 16 weeks early, and weighed only 1 pound, 8 ounces. He was a “micro preemie”.

Ivan had to spend 135 days in the NICU from June through November. Over that time, I had to face a new reality. This included being concerned with the health of Ivan along with balancing the needs of my spouse, job, and other children.

Navigating this new normal was challenging. But the staff at Golisano gave Ivan the best possible care and supported me and my family for the duration of his stay.

Ivan, now a thriving 6 year old.After 5 months Ivan was released from the NICU and is now a thriving 6 year old.  

You are not alone, there are resources available for the NICU Dad, parents, and all caregivers.