Neonatal Research Institute: Patient Testimonials

The Sharp Neonatal Research Institute (NRI) is committed to helping the littlest patients. Read our patient testimonials below to learn more .

I was 22 when I found out about having a 24-weeker and the complications that came behind it. The cord milking study by Dr. Katheria helped my son in many ways that still to this day when I see my son it amazes our family.


Because of the amazing work that Dr. Katheria is doing with delayed cord clamping our daughter got the extra help she needed at delivery. And because of that, our miracle is with us today! We are forever grateful for everything that he and Sharp Mary Birch has done for us.


I was 23 weeks pregnant when I started to go into labor with our daughter. I was transferred to Sharp Mary Birch , where they were able to hold off labor for four more days before I delivered. Before our daughter was born we were told about delayed cord clamping and the benefits that premature babies could gain from that critical extra cord blood. We were, of course, on board with anything that would help give our baby a better chance. The more blood given to her, the better. Now that we are several months after birth I feel confident that this extra cord blood our daughter Saylor received at birth had a big impact on her health. I credit this study as one of the main reasons Saylor didn't have any issues with brain bleeds and is doing so well today.

  Mariah and her family. 

We believe that the research on the effects on cord blood is important for helping babies' brains and lungs. We are grateful for all the support from the doctors and nurses at Sharp.

  Maritza's Story

The Stichler Family
Ella and Cameryn were born in 2001, both too soon (29 weeks gestation) and too small (2 pounds each) to sustain life on their own. They experienced a very gentle controlled birth in spite of the surprised timing and an attempt to stop the labor. With the expertise of a team of dedicated obstetricians, perinatologist, neonatologists and nurses, the girls were nurtured and cared for until they grew large enough to go home 2 1/2 months later. While prematurity often predisposes little ones to a host of complications, our little girls are just perfect! Read more of the Stichler family's story.

  Stichler Family

There is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded of what a miracle my boys are and my NICU family that made it happen. We often share our birth story and share of how incredible the NICU team was in the care of Alex and Noah during their NICU stay that began in 2010. Read more of Veronica's story.

  Veronica and her family.

For More Neonatal Research Institute Clinical Trials Information
To learn more about the NICU at Sharp Mary Birch, visit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Mary Birch . For more information about the NRI or to learn more about our clinical trials, send us an email or call 858-939-4175.

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