Kathryn Campos-Born at The University of Washington Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(NICU) at 24 weeks gestation I lost my twin brother Cruz Campos due to extreme premature birth. At 3 weeks old I encountered open heart surgery with no anesthesia weighing 1 pound 3 ounces. As a NICU resident for 4 months I experienced multiple brain bleeds, multiple blood transfusions, & battled chronic lung disease. As a critical neonate, I had the blessing of receiving great care from both traditional and non-traditional medical professionals. After great care and continuous steroid use for over a year, I was healed: medication and complication free. Considering the average outcome of such premature births, I truly feel blessed. It is what motivates me to give back to the Preterm Birth/Neonatal Care community.
At 21 years of age I came back into the NICU at University of Washington Medical Center as a volunteer. I have reconnected with many staff members that took care of me as an infant, NICU Staff, and NICU families. Serving as a Neonatal Advisory Board, Council Member it came to my attention that providing a means of resource support, connectivity, & empowerment to our Global Preterm Birth Community is drastically needed in order to intervene & create sustainable outcomes in preventing pre-term birth related fatalities world-wide. The ability to provide access to stable long-lasting resource support for NICU parents so that an empowering & healing experience along their Preterm Birth/NICU journey may become achievable is needed & viable.
It is the stories of various Preterm Birth/NICU Community Members, my continuing journey, & passion for our Global Community that fuels my belief in providing diverse clinical, technological, spiritual, community, material, & medical aid support resources to Pre-term Birth/NICU communities globally so that the Light of Hope can be provided to All.
Kathy Papac-NICU mom of surviving (Kathryn) and a deceased (Cruz) 24 week gestation twins.
Neonatal Womb journeyer, counselor/legal expert with an MA certificate in Spirituality, Health and Medicine from Bastyr University.
Passionate Global Community participant. Our goal is to recognize, honor and empower the Neonatal Womb community and shine light upon the presence and potentiality of the preterm birth survivors as vital community participants.