Virtual Baby Shower for Preemies

What’s needed?

Onesies, clothing and sleepers in preemie, newborn or 0-3 month sizes, booties/socks and mittens, baby story books and blankets

Through Nov. 30, persons can donate new or gently used items in baskets that will be located at the following locations throughout the month of November:

Methodist Hospital
Methodist Women’s Hospital
Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs
Pediatric office at Methodist Physicians Clinic Regency Court
Pediatric office at Methodist Physicians Clinic Hawthorne Court
Pediatric office at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center
Pediatric office at Methodist Physicians Clinic in Council Bluffs
Two baskets will also be available for public donations at Regency Court

Methodist Health Systems have been collecting baby stuff for parents of preemies for the month of November. When a child is born early -- which happens 1-out-of-every-8 births -- the parents are often unprepared. The virtual baby shower allows donations to go towards those families.

"Happy!" shouts Javier Portillo, who turns two next month. He's healthy and full of energy. Born ten weeks early, Javier spent a lot of time at the Methodist Women's Hospital neo-natal intensive care unit or NICU.

And so did his mother, Angela Portillo: "I actually thought I had three more months to get prepared."

Being the oldest kid in the waiting area, Javier needs to investigate the nearby youngsters.

His first move was a bold one. He grabs the rattle from a one-year old and that's not enough. He takes her twin sisters as well. Even the adults weren't strong enough to intervene.

"You're brave," said one mother. "Taking things from two girls. You better watch out!"

In turns out they didn't mind. The dancing and shaking mesmerized them. They don't know it but all three have plenty in common.

Ella and Lana are also NICU graduates -- born eleven weeks early at just over two pounds.

"It was a lot of touch and go," said the twins' mother Jen Rohrbach. "They'd be coming home and then there would be a complication."

While Ella went home fairly close to Thanksgiving last year, Lana ended up spending nine months in the hospital before finally coming home. "I've waited for this day. Where they could happy and laughing and smiling -- cause she was so sick for so long."

Through the end of the week, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women's Hospital -- along with several pediatric offices of its clinics will be collecting for the virtual baby shower -- items that can help the parents of preemies.

Methodist is collecting onesies and sleepers and clothes in the preemie, newborn or 0-3 months in size. Booties and mittens along with blankets and story books are requested.

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