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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.

5 Truths About Donating Breast Milk

Well Rounded NY | Posted 08.12.2015 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

Recently, a handful of hospitals in NYC started offering something amazing to NICU babies: donor breast milk. It sounds weird to the unknown ear, I know. Donor breast milk? Why? How? I decided to research donating my breast milk, and soon after, found myself getting deeper into the labyrinth that is human milk. Here's five truths I found during the process.

Learning to Be Thankful for the Unthinkable

Jennifer Sullivan | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Sullivan

I'm not sure what happened; I had been doing so well. Throughout bed rest, the hospitalizations, the urgent c-section, and the first two weeks in the NICU, I had managed to keep it together, sanity and sense of humor somehow intact. And then out of nowhere, I crashed.

Open Letter to Dads of the NICU

Jennifer Sullivan | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Sullivan

Men, by and large, are hardwired to "fix," whereas, stereotypically, women are hardwired to "feel." Where a man sees an improving situation at the hospital, a woman may simply see a situation.

I Cry For My Son

Lola Lolita | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Lola Lolita

I cry for my son when I sneak in his room at night and watch him sleep, marveling at all he has courageously accomplished as well as all he has yet to face.

Good Grief: Acknowledging Love and Loss in the NICU

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 07.14.2015 | HuffPost Home
Jodi Dolezel

Babies and their families have their own stories. As NICU nurses, these stories are our stories too. They are our forever stories that are etched in our memory and have chipped away at our hearts, sometimes leaving a mark so profound that we are changed forever.

A Glimpse Into the Life and Love of Neonatal Nursing

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi Dolezel

To love beyond the walls, to cry behind closed doors, and to rise above the unpredictable moments to create lasting and meaningful memories. To believe. To breathe. And to find the courage and strength to do it all again tomorrow.

A Mother's Day Love Story From An Invisible Mom

Kari D'Elia | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Kari D'Elia

Dark: An appointment with the NICU doctors where we were reminded of realities of his diagnosis. Light: A beach day on Cape Cod followed by a scoop of the best ginger ice cream I've ever had. Dark: Waking up on Mother's Day knowing that I am going to be a mom to a boy in Heaven.

5 Ways to Brighten a NICU Mom's Mother's Day

Jennifer Degl | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Did you ever wonder what you could do to brighten a Mother's Day for a mom struggling with a sick child in the hospital? All holidays are difficult when you have a child in the hospital fighting for their life. Luckily, most people never have to worry about it. Unfortunately, this is a reality for some mothers on this Mother's Day. I can only speak for what it's like to have a baby in the NIC

Teaching Our Children to Say Thank You

Jessica Bensten | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

there are days when even the most dedicated people get run down and question their commitment. The next time you notice a good job, say something, do something and make something special out of an average day. What a great lesson we can teach our children.

6 Reasons I March For Babies And Always Will

Jennifer Degl | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Springtime is host to numerous March for Babies events all across the county. These events raise money to support the March of Dimes and the various research and programs they fund. Here are six reasons I march for babies and always will.

Why I Walk at the March for Babies

Chris Wang | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Chris Wang

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Let's do something about this! Find a walk that is close to you. Trust me, it will be an inspiring day for everyone.

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

You Made Me a Mother

Jennifer Brenan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brenan

You made me a mother when you went to the NICU and I was so scared and everything was surreal. I feared I was missing out on some kind of bonding, but of course I was a mother now and we would bond.

Prematurity and the Bravest Thing I Didn't Do

Kayla Aimee | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Kayla Aimee

I was wretched and retching and people said, "Maybe you have strep throat, too," but I didn't have strep throat. I had the kind of fear that reaches into your insides and empties you out and makes you certain that you can not step one foot away from your child, much less walk on to a plane.

What The NICU Taught Me About Fatherhood

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

While I sat in that room, helplessly waiting for both my wife and my daughter to heal, I learned a lot.

Don't Expect Your Fancy New Hospital to Improve Family Cohesive Care

Nick Hall | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Nick Hall

A couple of years ago I was on a work trip in California, and while most of the country was still in the economic doldrums, I noticed quite a bit of new construction taking place. Upon closer inspection I realized that many of these buildings were going to become new hospitals.

An Open Letter To Preemie Parents From A Micro Preemie Mom

Jennifer Degl | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

There are few things as upsetting as not being able to take your baby home from the hospital after birth, and there is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer through medical interventions in a hospital.

Yes, I'm a Germaphobe, So Get Used to It! From a Mom of a Micro Preemie

Jennifer Degl | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Today I had an experience that made me very emotional. It would not seem like a big deal to most, but it was to me. For (what seems like) the 100th time, I left a family party because one or more of the children at the party were sick.

Saint NICU

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Twas the night before Christmas, in the neonatal intensive care, all the babies were sleeping, while sounds of alarms, filled the air.

On The First Day Of Christmas, My Preemie Gave To Me...

Jennifer Degl | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

The birth of my premature daughter was not what I expected, and I almost did not survive her delivery. Despite our rocky beginning together, I am so l...

A New Addition To The What-I'm-Thankful-For List

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

I am thankful for these nurses, and so many others. They made the most challenging part of our life bearable. They made it human.

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.

The NICU Ride Through the Eyes of a Nurse

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Jodi Dolezel

The blessings and sadness of the NICU still remain, but lying beneath the mental and physical exhaustion is the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction that comes along with being a NICU nurse, and really there is no greater job than this.

What We Left When We Left the NICU

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

The perinatologist thought my baby would survive better outside the womb than inside my body. Then he asked when I had last eaten.