Catherine Allaire

preemie catherine

Born: September 2, 2015 – 24 weeks, 4 days 

Due date: December 19   

Weight at birth: 660 grams (1lbs 7oz) – 300 grams less than her big brother  

NICU stay112 days 

I knew what to expect of the NICU with Catherine. But she was born earlier and much smaller than Philippe, so I was more scared in a way. At first, I didn’t want to go see her. I was so sad and so freaked out. Claude went and said she was so cute. When I went I saw two of Philippe’s nurses by her isoletteand I thought, ‘if Christine and Hannah are looking after her, maybe it’s going to be fine.’ It was more difficult with her. My placenta was infected and it got to her lungs. So at first her lungs were a big problem, and she was not gaining weight. It was very scary.  

One day, I got the dreaded phone call from the NICU. Catherine needed a spinal tap, she was still under two pounds at the time. Claude looked after Philippe and I went to the hospital. I thought there would be doctors and nurses and tons of people around her. I got there and there was no one, except the nurse! The tests had been done, she was starting antibiotics, and it was business as usual. The nurse made me feel so calm about it all. Everything was going to be fine.  

baby Catherine

Catherine came home just before Christmas 2015. She was seven pounds (3 kg)That was the best Christmas present ever.” --Patricia-Anne Croteau, Catherine’s mom 

The NICU graduate today: Catherine loves cats, and likes cars and anything her big brother Philippe likes. She goes every where he goes and does whatever he does; even things she shouldn’t do, like jumping on the couch. She can’t sit still and always has to be busy doing something. She needs glasses now but won’t let that stop her. She is a very determined little girl. 

preemie catherine at age 1

The Ottawa Hospital is renovating its current NICU facilities at the General Campus to give each baby a separate room. This allows caregivers to individualize each small patient’s environment and provide a family-centric model of care that will also include technology and equipment updates.

A new NICU is critical for babies like Catherine to receive the best, most up-to-date treatments developed at The Ottawa Hospital. This helps give prematurely born babies the best chance at surviving, thriving and growing up.


Help us expand and build the new 
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
at The Ottawa Hospital.