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Premature Babies

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 ...

Why I No Longer Hide The Story Behind My Sons' Births

mater mea | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
mater mea

A baby born prematurely isn't necessarily sick or born early because of some disease or drug addiction. Preterm labor can start for any number of reasons. In my case, I had an incompetent cervix that couldn't carry the weight of two growing babies at once.

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?"

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...

Too Much, Too Soon

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Whether biological, adoptive, spiritual or communal, mother and father figures have in our might the power to shape society's next thinkers and change-agents. Yet, sometimes parents get it wrong.

Parents From Viral Video Give Updates As Preemie Fights For His Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents

A Virginia couple whose pregnancy announcement video went viral earlier this month shared a painful update about their baby. Dana Griffin-Graves ...

Before-And-After Photo Series Shows How Far These Preemies Have Come

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents

An inspiring photo series shows how far dozens of preemies have come since their days in the NICU.  Canadian photographer Red Méthot ...

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...

Preemies: Now and Then

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Today, I know more about preemies. After speaking with several neonatologists, I know that most of them feel comfortable when they hear an infant is at least 28 weeks GA.

11 Fun Ways to Improve Your Baby's Lung Capacity

Jennifer Degl | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

According to the American Lung Association- about 5,000 to 10,000 babies born in the United States each year have BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia). BPD is also known as Chronic Lung Disease. More babies today have BPD than 30 years ago because more and more very premature babies are surviving.

Preemies In Pain Get Relief With Micro-Pacifier

Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents

By: Harriet Miller, CPN, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Published: 06/01/2015 04:42 PM EDT on LiveScience Harriet Miller, CPN, a nurs...

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.

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.

More Hospitals Are Accepting Breast Milk Donations For Babies Who Aren't Getting Enough

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

One Massachusetts nonprofit is helping hospitalized babies reap the benefits of consuming breast milk. And its services are in high demand. Mother...

What I Got Wrong About Babies

Alana Romain | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

There are a few universal truths about tiny, baby humans. They cry. They poop a lot. They need a lot of love and attention (but not actually a whole lot else). They have delicious-smelling heads. But there was one thing I got wrong about those little, love-and-attention-needing babies.

My Daughter Was 1.25 Pounds When She Was Born

Alexandra Le Dauphin | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Le Dauphin

Very premature birth leaves scars for life. The tears in my eyes while I write this are proof that even after eight years, the pain is still there.

What Parents Of Premature Babies Know For Sure

Alana Romain | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

Preemie moms know loss. They know what it's like to imagine their futures and those of their children and know that maybe it will be much harder than they ever imagined. But they also know other things.

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 Ghosts That Haunt This Preemie Mom

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

My daughter, Jane, was born at 32 weeks gestation. I hadn't had a baby shower yet. The nursery was a painted room filled with boxes. We hadn't even taken birthing classes yet; they were scheduled for the following Tuesday (Jane would be a week old by then).

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.

The Surprising Thing I Learned From Having A Micro-Preemie

Kayla Aimee | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Kayla Aimee

I fought futilely against my own body so that giving birth to my only child would not be the thing that killed her.

Couple Marries In NICU So 11-Week-Old Son Can Be There Too

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 11.22.2014 | Weddings

Kristi Warriner and Justin Nelson refused to tie the knot unless everyone in their family was present -- including their 11-week-old son JJ. To mak...

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.