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10 Reasons Preemies Are Rock Stars

Jessica Bensten | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

You and me, we had the same due date, but I'm already 4 months old. As your seasoned elder, they're going to be comparing me to you, but I need you to know a few things.

How My Preemies Taught Me to Fly

Nick Hall | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
Nick Hall

Our daughter, Reece, has had many of the typical challenges that preemies face. We have learned to let go of our expectations, celebrate her milestones and appreciate all that she can do. It doesn't mean that it is easy. For her, or for us, but we are grateful.

5 Things I Never Want My Preemie Twins To Forget

Meghan Szylvian | Posted 08.01.2014 | Parents
Meghan Szylvian

There may come a time in your life when you feel weak or inadequate. Please remember what you were able to accomplish entirely of your own will and your own fortitude. You are strong.

Premature Baby's Incredible Transformation Is Proof That Miracles Do Happen

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

From the moment Walker Pruett entered the world on April 25, he had to fight to survive. Born at 26 weeks (about three months premature), he weighed j...

The Thing No One Ever Told Me About Having A Preemie

Jessica Bensten | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I felt like a failure. I'd had two children; the first got cancer and now the second one was probably going to die because I couldn't hold up my end of the bargain. I'd brought our whole family back into the world of sickness and worry. The guilt was all-encompassing.

10 Things Parents Of Preemies Need To Know From Day One In The NICU

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Do not let anyone intimidate or shame you for being your baby's advocate. You are not annoying. You are not stupid. You are not going to jeopardize your baby's care. Your baby needs you to speak up for him/her, respectfully.

This Is What Caring For Preemies Looked Like 75 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 05.23.2014 | Parents

Nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S. And as LIFE.com points out, new technologies and practices are constantly evolving to...

Blood Donors and Breast Milk Donors: Lifesavers

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

The literature demonstrates that the safest, healthiest option for premature and vulnerable infants is an exclusive human-milk diet. Our fragile infants cannot wait around for more evidence, they need human milk now.

10 Incredible Gifts For NICU Families

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

A community of love will help NICU families become the best advocates, nurturers and champions for their precious babies.

What Brings Me Peace After The Loss Of My Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I am blessed for the richness that Micah has forever added to my life. Giving back to other families is one of the best ways for me to stay close to Micah.

Don't Blame Families for High Cost of Preemies, Let's Invest in Preventing Preterm Birth

Jill Teeters | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Jill Teeters

All the public and media talk about AOL's "distressed babies" in the last few days were more than just a distant public policy issue to my family. It happened to us.

A New Pacificer Could Send Preemies Home Sooner Than Expected

Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:50am EST (Reuters Health) - A pacifier-activated recording of mother singing may improve a prema...

Farah L. Miller

One Miraculous Year In The Life Of A Baby Born Too Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Farah L. Miller | Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents

It is one thing to make a video of your baby’s first year as a surprise for your wife. When that baby was born 15 weeks prematurely, scored the lowe...

Many Babies Born Very Small Do Well As Adults Despite Early Challenges

Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:29pm EST (Reuters Health) - Although babies who are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds face cha...

Report Reveals Which Gender Is More Likely To Be Born Premature

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health o...

Robin Spielberg -- Celebrity Support for Music Therapy

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 11.14.2013 | Impact
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Fifteen years ago professional pianist Robin Spielberg's daughter Valerie was born at 23 weeks and five days! Weighing just under a pound, Valerie was...

Dear NICU Nurse

Heather Hucks | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents
Heather Hucks

I didn't know that you would be the one to hold and rock my baby when I wasn't there. I didn't know you. I didn't know how intertwined our lives would become. I know you now. I'll never be able to think of my child's life without thinking of you.

Preemie Study Sparks Pointed Debate

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON — When Dagen Pratt's parents enrolled their tiny premature baby in a study of oxygen treatment, they didn't understand it was to test...

On The Wings Of A Nightingale

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It was only as I left the PICU that I felt humanity. There, sitting on a chair with a single tear rolling down her cheek, was my nurse. Her tear told me that she cared.

How Music May Help Premature Babies Adapt

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.16.2013 | Parents

CHICAGO -- As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his ey...

Doctors Divided Over Best Oxygen Levels for Preemies

Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 05/05/2013 09:31 AM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Extremely premature babies need oxy...

Preemie Study Didn't Fully Disclose Risks, Health Officials Say

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials say the parents of premature babies enrolled in a study of oxygen treatment several years ago weren't prop...

Journalist Reveals Heart-Wrenching Tale Of Having A Micro-Preemie

Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents

When Kelley Benham gave birth, she knew that statistics were not in her favor -- about one in 750 newborns arrive in the "micro-preemie" window, betwe...

Report Recommends Steps To Prevent Preterm Births

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.16.2012 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- For all the miracle stories of tiny preemies who survive, the sad reality is that scientists know far too little about what triggers pre...

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.