Twin Miracles: A NICU Story at AdventHealth Daytona Beach


Berenice was thrilled when she found out she was expecting twin girls. What she didn’t expect to find out was that she was already 7 cm dilated at 33 weeks pregnant when she went to her follow-up OB appointment with Dr. Ted Robertson, AdventHealth OB/GYN. She was filled with emotions when she heard the words, “emergency C-section,” worried her girls were not ready to join the world just yet at 33 weeks, but excited to finally meet them.

With their early arrival, the twins received extra special care of the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at AdventHealth Daytona Beach, part of the nationally recognized AdventHealth for Children care network.  “When they were born, they were both tiny,” said Berenice. Baby Olivia was intubated, needing more time to grow her lungs. “When I saw them, I felt so bad, like I failed them in a way.” But the team was quick to reassure Berenice that these conditions are common with premature babies and that she was doing the best she could for these babies by visiting every day, practicing skin-to-skin and learning infant massage. She and her husband were grateful for the fact that the NICU was close to home, so that they could visit so frequently. 

After 31 days in the NICU, the sweet twins were able to go home to finally meet their big brothers, who love to snuggle them and read bedtime stories. “I’m very grateful to have a team that is caring and willing to get them better and get them home to me.”

Click here to learn more about Berenice and her journey as a NICU mom (or watch it below).

With convenient locations in Daytona Beach and Orange City, Volusia County families have access to OB care close to home. Whether your next child is born healthy or in need of additional specialized care, you can rest assured knowing that the AdventHealth for Women care network provides access to state-of-the art technology, soothing baby-friendly environments and have a wide range of specialty services. 

Learn more about the care at AdventHealth for Children, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Children’s Hospital for newborn care in Florida.

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Rabies alert for New Smyrna Beach and Unincorporated Volusia County


The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) issued a rabies alert for New Smyrna Beach and portions of unincorporated Volusia County. This is in response to a horse that tested positive for rabies on June 29, 2021.

All residents and visitors in Volusia County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Volusia County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.

The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The epi-center of the rabies alert is within Glen Haven Estates in unincorporated Volusia County and includes the following boundaries:

  1. Eastern Boundary, Bolton Rd
  2. Northern Boundary, SR 44
  3. Southern Boundary, Glencoe Farms Rd.
  4. Western Boundary, Interstate 95
  • Impacted areas include: Glen Haven Estates, Oliver Estates, Lakewood Terrace, Hidden Pines, Lake Waterford Estates and Corbin Park.

An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.  All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.  Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans.  The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all domestic animals.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and your animal services division by calling Volusia County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 386-248-1777.
  • Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
  • Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at 386-274-0634.
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