Ashlee Eichenlaub, APRN, and husband Brian had tried for five years to
have a child. Ashlee, a nurse practitioner with the Digestive Health program
at King’s Daughters, also has Type I diabetes. However, she and
Brian were eager and determined to have a child and sought out the expert
care of OB/GYN Tony Dotson, D.O., and the team at Ashland Women’s Health.
“We had maternal-fetal medicine check-ups as well as visits with
Dr. Dotson on a weekly basis,” Ashlee said. “Dr. Dotson and
the staff at King’s Daughters said that our baby boy, Owen, could
possibly have complications after delivery because of diabetes, and he
may have to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).”
King’s Daughters has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),
one of only four such units in Kentucky. Newborn babies who need intensive
medical attention are often admitted into this special area of the medical
center. The NICU at King's Daughters combines advanced technology
and trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for our
The 13-bed NICU provides care for newborns born prematurely or with other
health problems. Specially trained nurses as well as neonatologists Ramon
Ymalay, M.D., and Courtney DeJesso, M.D., provide care for premature babies
and newborns with special medical needs.
When it came time for Owen’s birth, that’s exactly what happened.
Ashlee said Owen’s blood sugar level and his oxygen were low, and
he ended up staying in the NICU for close to five days. There, he was
under the watchful care of nurses trained to care for these tiniest patients,
and medical care of the two neonatologists.
In the NICU, Owen did well, meeting all milestones and growing on schedule
under the watchful eyes of the team. Ashlee said he spent his first day
with Dr. Ymalay, and three with Dr. DeJesso. Owen was able to leave the
NICU on July 4, 2019, and go home with his parents the next day.
Brian and Ashlee say Owen is doing well. He’s growing on schedule,
and he eats and sleeps well, Ashlee said. “The staff in the NICU
were fantastic. They took care of Owen, Brian and me. They taught Brian
how to change his diaper and feed him, too.”