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Neonatal Health

An Open Letter to Everyone From a Micro Preemie Mom

Jennifer Degl | Posted 11.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Don't apologize for her birth. I may not be able to hold her for weeks or months, but she is still my baby. She may be on life support for many months, but she is still my baby. I may have only carried her in my womb for 23 weeks, as opposed to 40 weeks, but she is still my baby.

What It's Like Having a Baby in the NICU

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

I had imagined leaving the hospital with my first baby the way every new mom seems to -- pushed to my car, in a wheelchair, with a sleepy baby nestled in my arms and my husband by side fumbling with our never-before-used car seat. Instead, my husband and I left alone.

Survival Tips For A New NICU Nurse

AWHONN | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living

I still recall my first job. I felt like an impostor in my uniform. I didn't feel like a nurse because in my mind a nurse was someone who could start an IV blindfolded, resuscitate a patient while sleeping, and recognize all the signs and symptoms of septic shock at the drop of a hat.

Top 10 Things This Preemie Parent Is Thankful For

Jennifer Degl | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

As Prematurity Awareness Month (November) comes to an end and Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to share the top 10 things I'm thankful for as the parent of a preemie, as unconventional as they may be.

World Prematurity Day 2014: Taking Action for Newborns Born Too Soon

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Investing in healthcare for women and children contributes directly to the socio-economic development and security of families, communities and nations. Within a generation, it is possible to bring an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths with sustained commitment.

Healthy Babies

Michael Møller | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

An estimated 2.6 million babies are stillborn and almost 300,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The reality is that it doesn't have to be that way.

What a Life-Saving Baby Warmer Taught Me About Technology

Jane Chen | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Jane Chen

Technology alone can't solve massive global problems like infant mortality. However, technology powered by love can.

GOP Rep Tells Woman She Should Have Carried Brain-Dead Fetus To Term, Just In Case

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

At a congressional hearing Thursday on an abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told a ...

Save the Children Calls for Increased Breastfeeding in First Hour After Birth

Jennifer James | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Jennifer James

Some 830,000 babies' lives can be saved worldwide if they are breastfed within the critical first hour after birth. Babies who are breastfed within the very first hour after birth are three times more likely to survive than if they are breastfed a day after birth.

Grieving Mom Warns Of Avoidable Infant Death

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents

Niki Cunningham of Devon, England, hadn't worried about vasa previa, a condition that can make the umbilical cord rupture during labor. She had no ...

This Is A Human Heart, And You Won't Believe What Happens

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.21.2012 | Good News

WARNING: Graphic Video Above Reaffirming her mother's faith that "there is a reason she is here," an Odessa, Texas, baby is doing well five weeks a...

A New Study Says We Can't Prevent Most Preterm Births, So What Now?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

A new study out today makes it clear that training and equipping health workers to care for preterm babies is the key to saving the 1.1 million such babies who die every year. That's because we still know very little about how to prevent babies from being born too soon.

52 Days In NICU

good men project | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents

By Mark Brislin, originally published on Papas of Preemies, republished for The Good Men Project It was around day 16 of my son’s 52 day stay in ...

Danielle Cadet

Are These The New 'Crack Babies'? | Danielle Cadet | Posted 09.04.2012 | Black Voices

Once again, images of squirming infants struggling to hold on to their first minutes of life and stories of newborns shaking from withdrawal in neonat...

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in Remote Areas of Nepal

Arlene Samen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Impact
Arlene Samen

There are no functional birthing centers in Dolpa. Most health posts consist of an empty room, while some of them have rudimentary equipment it is often in dismal condition.

The Global Challenge of Saving Newborn Lives

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

There are moments in all of our lives that take our breath away - moments that are either so stunning or emotionally moving that time seems to stand still. But not every mother gets to have that breathtaking moment, because not every baby takes a first breath.

It's the 'Life' in End-of-Life That Matters

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Aaron E. Carroll

I was on rotation, and a couple came in after a botched attempt at a home delivery. One by one, the baby's systems shut down. As instructed, I just kept adding stuff to keep him alive. Nothing was working. I was 26, depressed, and started to cry.

Breast-Feeding Benefits, Cost: Study Says 900 Lives And Billions Of Dollars Could Be Saved Annually

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women fed their babies ...