Miracles in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
by Manjeet Kaur, MD, DCH, FAAP, FRCPC
Truly a celebration of life, My Garden of Flowers takes the daunting mystery out of the NICU experience, and gives worried parents knowledge and reassurance that their critically ill infants will typically grow to adulthood and lead normal, healthy lives.
It’s an invaluable resource for families who suddenly face the crisis of seeing their little cherubs amidst alien tubes and wires and the incessant beep of monitor alarms. These families are totally unprepared, anxious—no, petrified—and uncertain of what to do.
• My Garden of Flowers eases the emotional distress and the fear surrounding neonatal intensive care.
• Full of practical advice, information on common problems of babies in the NICU, charts, checklists, and coping tips, it’s a priceless resource to help parents care for their precious bundles while in the NICU and when they’ve come home.
The compelling message from the doctors and nurses, as well as twenty-five families of our NICU graduates whose candid, heartwarming stories are told in their own words, is:
You Are Not Alone!
“We felt such awful fear of the unknown. We went in imagining just beautiful babies and warm, fuzzy blankets everywhere. Things would have been so much easier if only we’d known what to expect.”
“How I wish we’d had such a wondrous book to cling to twenty years ago when our twin boys were born severely premature!”
“My Garden of Flowers is a true labor of love. Dr Kaur’s passion and lifelong dedication is exquisitely captured on every page. This book provides NICU families an instant support system that identifies with every roller-coaster moment they experience. The simple diagrams and explanations of common medical problems and terminology make this an invaluable reference for parents navigating the complex NICU stay. My Garden of Flowers is inspirational not just for families but also for the medical staff; it’s a reminder of why we do what we do. We’re blessed to see miracles every day, and the true superheroes are these babies and their families!”
—Monika Bhola, Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital,
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
MANJEET KAUR, M.D., was born in Delhi, India, and graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada, and her fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where she stayed on faculty as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics until 1984. Happenchance brought her to Lancaster, Pennslvania, where she founded the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Lancaster County in 1984 and was appointed Director of the Division of Neonatology. Under Dr. Kaur’s leadership, the NICU expanded to a facility caring for over 350 babies per year.
• In 2002 Dr. Kaur was honored by the dedication of the division as “Manjeet Kaur, M.D. Division of Neonatology.”
• In 2016 she received the Henry Wentz award given for outstanding contribution to LGH Graduate medical education and the Lancaster community.
• In 2017, Penn Medicine Lancaster Foundation established the Dr. Manjeet Kaur NICU scholarship, to be awarded to a NICU nurse for educational progress.