March for Babies Ambassadors Have Ties to Cone Health
Like many others, their story starts in neonatal intensive care.
Pediatric dentist Rebecca Andrews, DDS, and her family are this year’s March for Babies’ Ambassador Family for Guilford County. Born prematurely at Cone Health’s Women’s Hospital, twins Eliza and Clara are thriving toddlers today thanks in part to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
When Andrews and husband Drew learned they were expecting twins in October 2018, they were overjoyed and anticipated a normal pregnancy. Without warning, at only 26 weeks 6 days gestation, Andrews – a healthy, fit and active 32-year-old – was placed on bedrest after amniotic fluid was detected. Days later, Eliza and Clara were born at Women’s Hospital where they remained in the NICU for many weeks.
Andrews Family and Debbie Muscovin, RN
Prior to her pregnancy, Andrews volunteered on the board of Family Support Network (FSN) of Central Carolina, which provides support for Cone Health NICU families. While she knew the “power of the NICU,” Andrews never dreamed that one day her family would experience the emotional rollercoaster of having premature babies and benefit from the support of FSN and others.
“Suddenly, we knew firsthand the painful experience of having children arrive so early and all the uncertainty that comes with it,” shares Andrews. “Many of the neonatologists and nurses and FSN staff instilled hope in my family.”
“I recall during one of my first trips down to the NICU to see my little girls, Debbie [Muscovin, RN] encouraged me to take photos of my babies. She said, ‘This will be part of show and tell one day’,” says Andrews about the importance of her compassionate and positive Cone Health providers. “I will never forget Dr. Rita Carlos dancing with joy because my babies’ brain scans were okay.”
“I am from a small town without the same kind of resources Cone Health has,” Andrews laments. “I know that if I had delivered my babies there, the hospital would not have had the intubation equipment necessary for my babies to survive.”
“Thanks to March of Dimes support of breakthrough treatments for babies like mine, my girls are healthy and growing like other 2-year-olds,” concludes Andrews. “We are honored to have this opportunity to give back to the March of Dimes as this year’s local ambassador family.”
This year’s March for Babies will be held virtually on Saturday, April 30, 2021. The Andrews family hopes to raise $4,000 for the March of Dimes.
Cone Health is proud to be a Silver Level Sponsor of this year’s Guilford County March for Babies.