Mother's Day Tough On NICU Moms

6:49 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- This weekend not all moms will get to enjoy Mother's Day like most.

If you have a sick child in the hospital it can be hard to celebrate the special day, especially if your child is in neonatal intensive care.

"It is hard to go home at night," said Sherry Rauch, her daughter, Sophie Grace was born 10 weeks too early, weighing in at 3 pounds and 1 ounce.

Rauch will be by her daughter in the NICU at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital for Mother's Day.

Rauch said, "I hate to put her back in the incubator, I try to hold her as much as I can."

"When they are real little you can't hold them a long time because it makes their brain forget to breathe, so she is just now getting past this where she can tolerate me holding her for a long period of time," said Rauch.

It is that kind of progress that gives these mothers hope that their babies will be out of the hospital soon, including Maura Connelly and her baby Pierce.

Connelly said, "He is up to over 6 pounds now and he is taking 2 bottles a day and he is just on his monitors and his feeding tube, he is doing a lot better than where we started."

While the mothers are here in the hospital, a group is trying to make things a little easier for these moms and to give them support during these tough times.

"Family Connection wanted to opportunity to let these mothers know they are appreciated, let them know they have support, it is a very difficult time, so we wanted them to be able to do a craft, engage with their baby, and just get to enjoy some treats," according to Dargan Davis of Family Connection of South Carolina.

The real treat though will come when they are able to take their newborns home for good, until then, they will continue to stay and care for their babies.

Connelly said, "It's tougher to be home and have my baby be here, I would rather be here 24-hours a day if I could, if they would let me sleep on the recliner beside him, I would."

For more information on Family Connection of South Carolina, visit their website at

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