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Why I Was Brought To Tears At My Daughter's Parent-Teacher Conference

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 02.01.2017 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

The hodgepodge of emotions came full circle in that meeting, making me realize that her preemie story is something I've actually embraced since the day she was born. It's not a bad thing that my child's premature history will always be part of the conversation.

These NICU Babies Couldn't Visit Santa, So He Came To Them

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.19.2016 | Parents

For some families, taking the kids to see Santa Claus is a holiday tradition. For parents of babies in the NICU, making this trip is impossible. That...

8 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays In The NICU

Jennifer Degl | Posted 12.16.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Having a baby in the NICU is emotionally challenging on a regular day, but add the holidays into that equation and it might be too much to handle. My ...

77 Emotional Photos Of Preemie Parents With Their Babies In NICU

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.01.2016 | Parents

Overwhelmed. Anxious. Joyful. Afraid. These are some of the many words parents of premature babies have used to describe their feelings in the NICU. A...

Inspired By Her Son, This Mom Makes Outfits Small Enough For Preemies

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 11.17.2016 | Parents

After her son was born 25 weeks and four days early, Amanda Huhta discovered that options for clothing that actually fit preemies were limited. So she...

5 Signs You’ve 'Gotten Over' Your Child’s Premature Birth and Forgiven Yourself

Jennifer Degl | Posted 11.08.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

For me, it seemed like I was working toward an impossible goal. I knew I had to heal. I knew I had to “get over” my life-threatening pregnancy and...

These NICU Babies Could Not Be More Adorable In Their Tiny Halloween Costumes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.28.2016 | Parents

A group of babies in the NICU received a special Halloween treat this month when March of Dimes teamed up with nurses at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Ka...

Chris Pratt, Perfect Human Being, Hangs Out With Patients At Children's Hospital

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.12.2016 | Good News

Our love for Chris Pratt has only blossomed after his latest good deed. The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” star recently took a trip to Seattle Childr...

The Newborn Illness That Nobody Is Talking About -- And It's Not Zika

Dr. Bill Frist | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Bill Frist

Nothing can prepare a mother for seeing her newborn seize multiple times an hour, refuse to eat or sleep, and shake uncontrollably. That’s what Juli...

Angels In The NICU

Lindsay Henry | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Henry

You’re pregnant. All of a sudden, your world turns upside down in a right side up kind of way. A small stick with a plus sign changes your life beca...

The Moment My Child's Mortality Slapped Me In The Face

Kathleen Brown-Blake | Posted 09.14.2016 | Parents
Kathleen Brown-Blake

You just read that title and thought "I know my kid is mortal. I've faced this." And I would agree with you before my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. But I didn't realize what my child's mortality really was until it slapped me in the face.

Unwritten Thoughts From A Bedside NICU Nurse

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 08.16.2016 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Darkness gave way to the blue lights glowing in the distance. The hum of the oxygen created a beautiful white noise that seemed almost hypnotizing. The room was surprisingly quiet. Typically the sounds are echoing off the walls but at this particularly moment I felt the peace within the space that sometimes gets lost with the everyday hustle and bustle that comes naturally within the NICU world.

Mom's Awesome Invention Provides Comfort For NICU Babies

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents

Inspired by the premature birth of her son Zachary, one mom has invented a way to easily comfort NICU babies. In a video from HuffPost Rise, Dr. Yami...

Why Are More Parents Considering Home Deliveries?

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

Don't be afraid to explore your options, especially if you are wary about delivering in a hospital. After all, it is your baby, and as long as you are not putting him or her at risk, it is up to you to decide what is best.

How Babywearing in the NICU Changed My Life

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

During the twin's hospitalization, my husband Noah and I received beautiful, generous gifts, one of which changed our family's life: the skill of babywearing.

To the NICU Moms on Mother's Day

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I know this was not how you expected this to go. I know that instead of breakfast in bed, you are running to the cafeteria for a quick bite before ...

The Privilege of Maternity Leave: What the NICU Taught Me

Carolyn Tisch Blodgett | Posted 05.08.2016 | Parents
Carolyn Tisch Blodgett

The United States is one of the only countries in the world that does not guarantee the right to paid family leave, which forces many new parents to make the heart wrenching decision to go back to work earlier than they want to -- often while their babies remain in the hospital if they were born prematurely.

I Wish Your Parents Knew

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 04.24.2016 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

I wish they knew my unspoken words, my thoughts, my feelings, the things I didn't know how to verbally express as I handed you over so they could hold you for the very first and last time.

Minefields of Nostalgia

Rhiannon Giles | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Rhiannon Giles

Time travel is tricky business. Life's a tangled mess of good days and bad, and sometimes those moments come back around when you least expect them. We've created a world where everything is documented and recorded, and sometimes we face a little fallout in the midst of all the cat photos and Instagram food.

NICU Mom Guilt Is Real

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

Having my son was hands-down the best experience of my life. However, the week after he was born was hell. My son had to stay in the NICU for a week, which was an exhausting, emotional roller coaster of a time.

5 Reasons Why a Premature Birth Is a Form of Loss

Jennifer Degl | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

How can I say that although my daughter survived her extremely premature birth, with little long term medical consequences, that I still experienced a form of loss? What gives me the right to say that?

When My Surviving Triplet Asked About Her Siblings in Heaven

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 03.04.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Two simple words. That's all it took for a flood of memories and grief to come rushing back. With two little words, I was brought back to June 23, 2013, the day I delivered my triplets and the day my first child died.

5 Things To Say To A NICU Family

Andrea Mullenmeister | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Andrea Mullenmeister

Thank you for being here for us. We appreciate everything you are doing for our family right now.

I'm A Survivor. I'm A NICU Mama.

Motherly | Posted 02.23.2017 | Parents
Motherly

I am a NICU mommy. I am a mama who gave birth to one of the 450,000 premature babies in the U.S each year. I am the one-in-10 statistic. My brave war...

What A Labor Nurse Can Handle That You Can't

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.16.2017 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

It's labor, so everyone knows it's going to hurt, right? Wrong. Whatever our patients think it's going to be like, it's different.  And every time they think it can't get worse than this, they're surprised, because it does get worse than this.