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Welcome to the NICU

Merritt Juliano | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Merritt Juliano

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which is why I decided the timing was ripe for me to document my own experience as a NICU parent. For those ...

I Am Thankful

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Natalie Romero

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am married to my best friend. Someone I can laugh and cry with. Someone who challenges me and always has my back. W...

What Being A Micro-Preemie Mom Taught Me About Gratitude

Kayla Aimee | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Kayla Aimee

On the eve of her fifth birthday, I kneel quietly next to her bed and watch the slow rise and fall of her chest, remembering all the times they had to resuscitate her and counting my blessings.

When Every Day Is World Prematurity Day

Hollee Actman Becker | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Hollee Actman Becker

My daughter was born eight weeks early during the first week of August in 2002. She weighed less than 4 lbs. and was so minute that the feeding tube carefully but obtrusively threaded through her nose took up half of her jaundiced little face.

Hey NICU Mom, I See You

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

You are not alone.

10 Things NICU Parents Want You To Know

Seleni Institute | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

"We may not ask for help, but we could use it."

What It's Like Being a NICU Mom

Jenny Evans | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

You'll rarely hear me calling my son a preemie. At 36 weeks and 5 days, he was only technically premature by two days, which people seem oddly disappointed to learn when they ask, "So how early was he?"

8 Invaluable Pieces Of Advice From NICU Nurses

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

Ask any parent who's had a preemie in the neonatal intensive care about their experience, and they'll no doubt say something along the lines of "... ...

45 Photos Of Parents That Capture Their Emotional NICU Journeys

The Huffington Post | Hollis Miller | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents

 When we talk about National Prematurity Awareness Month, we often focus on the amazing preemies that fight so hard to survive in the beginning o...

Post-Traumatic Stress and the NICU

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.

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.

These Awesome NICU Nurses Made Halloween Costumes For Their Preemie Patients

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents

A group of special NICU babies helped usher in Prematurity Awareness Month and bid farewell to October with their precious Halloween costumes. On Octo...

Mom's Comic Shows The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Being A NICU Parent

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents

After her newborn son spent a week in the NICU, cartoonist Chelsea Carr created a comic reflecting on her time at the hospital. Titled "Fun Things...

Mom's Beautiful Birthday Video Shows Preemie's Journey In The NICU And Beyond

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents

On Sept. 24, 2014, Mary Grier gave birth only 24 weeks into her pregnancy. One year later, the mom celebrated her preemie son's first birthd...

Parents Thank NICU Nurse Who Touched Their Lives In Emotional Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents

Renee Hendrix has been a NICU nurse at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia for over 30 years. In that time, she's helped count...

Thank You, NICU Nurse

Natalie Romero | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

NICU nurse, I don't know if you know the impact you had on our family. I don't think I thanked you. I hope it's not too late. Thank you for rocking my baby when I couldn't be with him at night. Thank you for making feel like a normal mother in the moments when I felt anything but normal.

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