Quietly Healing: A Preemie’s Start

Every year, 380,000 babies in the United States are born prematurely. For families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), life can be traumatic, but also full of love and hope. In this series, we follow one California family as they experience NICU life at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital for the second time around. Check back for updates to see baby Amari’s progress — and find out if he makes it home for the holidays.

Chapter 1:
A second NICU visit

Fiera and Harvey’s first baby was born at 26 weeks. Meet their family and get a firsthand look at their NICU experiences, past and present.

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Chapter 2:
Amari’s first days

Amari entered the world at 30 weeks, weighing in at 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Hear — and see — what Amari’s first days were like.

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Chapter 3:
Life in the NICU

Amari grows stronger, and the family hopes for a quick release. But a setback may delay their journey home.

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Chapter 4:
Hoping for home

After some ups and downs in the NICU, Fiera and Harvey hope for the ultimate gift — to take Amari home for the holidays.

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