Meet Our Team
Nicole- Board Member
Hi! My name is Nicole and I am the founder of Nestled in the NICU. I was born and raised in Colorado. I live in Colorado with my husband, Matt, our two daughters, Nathalia and Leila, and our son Liam. Liam was born premature at 34 weeks. We dealt with an unexpected and traumatic delivery while also having a toddler and a child with special needs at home. I was dealing with preeclampsia side effects after delivery, postpartum hormones and a NICU stay with our son. Did I mention this was at the beginning of the pandemic? Over the summer in quarantine, I researched and engaged in conversations with other NICU moms about things they felt were beneficial during their stay and low and behold, Nestled in the NICU (formerly known as Love From Liam) was born. I am so thrilled it has now grown to be just one of many programs we offer under Nestled in the NICU!
Abby- Board Member
I am a New England Native who moved to Colorado with my husband, Logan, back in 2016. My first introduction to the NICU was when I was 34 weeks pregnant with my first child, Riker. Labor was able to be stopped at that point but they knew he would be coming early and a NICU stay may be happening. Riker was born at 35 weeks and spent 16 days in the NICU, including Christmas Day. About a year and a half later, Felicity was born at 36 weeks and spent 16 days in three different Northern Colorado NICUs including Children's Hospital in Denver. Since Riker's hospitalization, I have been passionate about helping moms in their NICU journeys from possible preparation, to advocating for moms and babies who need support, to transitioning to home without monitors and screens. I am so excited to be partnering with Nestled in the NICU to help make a greater impact in this area!
Abbey- Board Member
I was born and raised in Colorado, and currently a CO resident with my husband and two sons. Before having babies, I was a third grade teacher, but that career was cut short due to issues with my first pregnancy forcing me on medical leave. My first born, Rourke, arrived very unexpectedly at 34 weeks, with an immediate emergency c-section. That started our journey with the NICU. Being a first time mother, I knew nothing about neonatal intensive care units, and can say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. Rourke spent just under a month, including his first Easter in the NICU. About 19 months later, after following all precautions and taking additional extra steps, his little brother Kelly was also born prematurely at 36 weeks, who luckily was able to go home after just 3 days.
Since having my boys, I have become a stay at home mom, but feel passionately about reaching out and supporting other mamas going through their own NICU journey.
Katy- Board Member
Mother of three, I started my motherhood journey behind the heavy, secured doors of the NICU. My oldest daughter Kenadeigh, was born 2 months premature at 32 weeks and weighed only 4 pounds. We lived nearly an hour away from the hospital that became our daughters first home, so I would spend every day, all day at my daughters side with no real place of escape from the sounds of the NICU that imprint on every NICU Mama's heart. New terminology was thrown at me daily, raising new concerns and fears for my daughter's future: PICC lines, Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis (PCI), Gavage Tube ~ to name a few. We watched our daughter overcome many obstacles in the NICU and defeat many odds, and today Kenadeigh is a vivacious 5 year old, who can make anyone smile and lights up any room she walks into.
No first time mom expects to start their journey into motherhood by joining the NICU mom club, but the long, cold, lonely hours spent next to her baby is what motivates me to help other moms and welcome them into this club with open arms. I struggled many years, wondering why this was the beginning to their story, but now realizes that I was meant to help other families navigate through their unknown. Women helping other women is a beautiful, powerful, unstoppable thing, and if I can help even just one other mama through her NICU journey, while teaching my daughters to love and help others along the way, then I have done what I know I was always called to do.
Heather- Board Member
I was born in Florida but moved to Colorado at a young age where I now live with my husband, Isaac, and three sons: Austyn (age 10), & Weston and Wyatt (fraternal twins), who were born premature at 32 weeks. The birth and 6 weeks in the NICU experience was a very scary and difficult time for our family - including an ambulance ride and emergency cesarean section due to a placental abruption and cord prolapse at home. The boys were only 3lbs 9oz and 4lbs 7oz at birth.
I have continued as a school counselor at a local high school since their birth and am also a survivor of post-birth pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.
Today, the twins are rambunctious, busy toddlers and I have found a passion for supporting families with premature babies and/or multiples. I also enjoy supporting families who are learning to balance children at home and a baby in the NICU. I am very excited to partner with Nestled in the NICU to continue helping local families.