babies

Babies Compete for the Title of the ‘Fast and Adorable’

Crawling to their parents is something they do every day, but this time there are prizes on the line

FARGO, N.D.– It’s off to the races for babies in the area. Crawling to their parents is something they do every day, but this time there are prizes on the line. Chosen for their nicknames, these babies are competing to be the fastest crawler for the first ever Y94 Baby Crawl. “A lot of them put nicknames in there so one…

NICU Nurses Reunite With Babies Who Left the Hospital One Year Later

This is the second year Essentia has held the reunion

  FARGO, N.D. — Most parents only have one child in Essentia’s NICU. But for the Vanbruggen’s, giving birth at only 33 weeks into the pregnancy meant putting triplets into intensive care. “They had to spend about a month in the NICU mainly just learning how to drink and how to keep themselves warm and kind of basic things that full–term…

Sanford Children’s Hospital Highlights Highly-Realistic Simulation Training Tool

The equipment is funded by donations from the Children's Miracle Network

FARGO, N.D. — A simulation training tool at Sanford Children’s Hospital is about as close as you can get to the real thing. The doll used is so realistic that it moves, breathes, and even cries. “It’s nice to see babies like this who do react. Sometimes I feel like we’re just getting told vitals and we’re making up the…

Several Families Welcome Babies on New Year’s Day

One New Year's Baby even shares a birthday with her mom

FARGO, N.D. — Several families are celebrating the start of a new life along with the new year. “I was in the middle of a contraction and heard someone say, ‘oh it’s 2019,’ so not what I expected for a celebration,” Brittany Nygaard, a new mom, said. That’s certainly not a typical way to ring in the new year. After being…

Several Babies Born at Sanford on Christmas Day

Nurses say Christmas Day saw an average number of births

FARGO, N.D. — Several families got the ultimate Christmas present: babies born on Christmas day. Sanford says six babies had been born as of 2 p.m., with more mothers in labor in the afternoon. Nurses say that’s about average for a typical day. Families and nurses both say bringing new life into the world makes the holiday more joyous. “It’s hard…

Essentia NICU Nurse Gets Surprise Celebration

Vicki Holtan has been a NICU nurse for 40 years

FARGO, N.D. — Vicki Holtan, who’s been a NICU nurse for 40 years, got quite the surprise from her family and co-workers. “We said we’re going to a Redhawks game, we’re at the lake… We said we’re going to take a day away from the lake and go to a Redhawks game, which is probably a little suspicious but she went…

Star Legacy Foundation Raises Awareness for Stillborn Babies

26,000 families in the U.S. experience pregnancy loss every year

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Star Legacy Foundation is raising awareness for pregnancy loss by hosting a 5K event and fundraiser. One participant in the event, Audra Mikesh, describes how she felt she found out her daughter was stillborn. “Blank. They told me and I didn’t know what to do. It was a very hard day for everybody,” she said. Her baby…

Reconnecting Families and Making New Memories with Kids Who Were Once NICU Patients

Instead of reliving hard memories, the staff is making new ones by inviting the families of past little patients to celebrate their NICU gradations

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a day no parent will ever forget; the day their child was brought into the world. But for some parents, that day was filled with unknowns as their babies were taken into the NICU. Some families are now looking back on those experiences with their healthy, smiling children. For many parents who experienced having a child…

Family Experiences 1 in 11.2 Million Chances of their Cow Birthing Four Quadruplet Calves

Just northwest of Sebeka Minnesota, in Hillview, the Beldo family welcomed four Black Angus quadruplet calves onto their farm on May 24th

HILLVIEW, Minn. — The chance of a cow giving birth to four calves is one in 11.2 million, but the rare event happened in our region! Just northwest of Sebeka Minnesota, in Hillview, the Beldo family welcomed four Black Angus quadruplet calves onto their farm on May 24th. On their first night, the family kept the babies in a pallet…

Ronald McDonald House Unveils New Building in Fargo

The new space can hold up to 17 families

FARGO, N.D. — Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley has a new house in town and they showed it off during an open house. The new house is  located near the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Staff from the Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley says before this afternoon, they would have to turn some families…