Twin babies wrapped in blankets in the NICU.

An Oasis in a Time of Crisis

Taylor was surprised when she went into labor with her twins at 32 weeks. She and her husband, Kody, got an even bigger surprise when their girls, Holly and Cove, were born later that same day. 

Living in Gardnerville, Taylor and Kody weren’t too concerned about the commute to the Renown Health NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), especially with her parents around to lend support. However, as the days passed and their parents went home, the reality of the distance sank in.

When Taylor was originally told about Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada (RMHCNN) and she said she’d never heard of it, her social worker said: 

“It’s kind of a good thing you don’t know
because it means you’ve never had to use it.”

Taylor and Kody’s first visit to RMHCNN revealed more than the fact that it’s next door to Renown Children’s Hospital. “When we saw it, we were amazed,” Taylor says. “It was like an oasis, a calm and peaceful place where we could regroup in between visiting the babies.” 

Young parents posing their newborn twin babies on a skateboard.

Besides having a peaceful place to stay, the family was surrounded by kind people who were focused on taking care of them. They made sure the new parents had everything they needed including home-cooked meals and plenty of snacks. As Holly was discharged after three weeks, leaving Cove behind for further care, the Ronald McDonald House became even more vital.

“They set us up with a crib and even let my mom stay so she could be with Holly while we visited Cove,” Taylor says. 

After Cove’s extra week of growing stronger at Renown, the family was able to return to their home in Gardnerville. 

“The whole experience was very peaceful instead of as hectic as it might have been,” Taylor says. “The Ronald McDonald House has been a total blessing.”