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Premature Birth

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...

My Baby Wasn't Considered Viable -- Why Doctors Saved Her Life

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Something just didn't feel right. My stomach churned and the nausea set in as I realized the unimaginable: I was going into labor. Nurses rushed to my hospital room as a flurry of chaos surrounded me. I tried to stay calm, but as I looked at my husband, the tears and sobs set in.

The Reality of Premature Birth

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

By The Society For Women's Health Research Mother Gina Schroeder, who delivered at 31 weeks, did not know she was at risk for having a premature baby...

How This Preemie's Family Found Hope In 'Finding Nemo'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents

For one family, "Finding Nemo" became more than a movie. It became an inspiration while their son fought to live. According to ABC News, Maureen and J...

To The Newly Bereaved Parent: You Are Not Alone

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's a club no one wants to join, yet so many people are part of. We are all brought together by one common event; one that many of us would consider to be the worst day of our lives. And while it may seem like your world is caving in, this club is living proof that you will survive.

Making Smoothies Made Me a Better Mom

Angela Fry | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Angela Fry

Smoothies made me a better mom. That sounds silly, right? Read on and you'll find out why giving my babies (now toddlers) smoothies helped me break free from a fear many preemie moms have... failure to thrive.

The Challenge of Naming My Premature Babies

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 04.21.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's not uncommon for parents to wait until they see their baby to choose the perfect name. It makes sense -- this is their identity; what they will be known as for their entire life. But that wasn't our case.

3 Reasons Why I Walk at the March for Babies

Chris Wang | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
Chris Wang

The March for Babies is held yearly in over a thousand communities with the proceeds going to fund March of Dimes research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. This will be the 3rd year that my family participates in this wonderful event.

From a Mother of Angels: Please Embrace Your Pregnancy Bump

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak Pregnancy is no walk in the park. With a tiny human slowly growing inside of you for more than 9 months, you are bound to be uncomfort...

Premature Births Linked To Air Pollution Cost More Than $4 Billion A Year

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - U.S. premature births linked to air pollution cost more than $4 billion a year in medical care and lost economic opportunity, a new...

Why I Live Life on the Verge of Tears

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak It's hard to miss: the glassy eyes, the occasional blank stare. Ever since my triplets were born, I began living my life on the verge ...

Respect the 'Big P': A Closer Look at Preeclampsia

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

To begin, preeclampsia is a disease that affects pregnant women, often presenting itself with high blood pressure, high levels of protein in the urine and swelling of the legs -- symptoms all discoverable via routine evaluation during prenatal care checkups.

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?

Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles Risk Of Premature Birth

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living

Women who experience domestic violence while pregnant are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according...

There Is No 'Better' or 'Worse' When It's Your Child

Melissa Hogan, JD | Posted 03.03.2016 | Parents
Melissa Hogan, JD

Diseases and disabilities, illnesses, special needs, challenges, they are not a contest. There is no worse or better. There is only love. And parenting. And heartache. And joy.

Before My Son Died, Music Mattered More Than Medicine

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Music brought our family together during extraordinarily difficult times. As music filled Micah's hospital room, the songs nurtured our relationships. We bonded over music because it gave us a shared experience - that wasn't about the next medical procedure.

Tearjerking Video Shows The First Time A Mom Held Her Preemie

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents

A powerful viral video is giving Facebook users a glimpse into the bond between a mother and her premature baby. Love What Matters shared a video of ...

Mom Shares Her Journey With A Preemie To Break The Silence

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents

Tabitha Jacobsen is sharing her story as the mom of a premature baby in the hopes of supporting other families facing similar situations. The Californ...

More Thoughts on Life

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 01.22.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

When NASA searches for life on other planets, it is not sufficient to just find life, but to ask the question, why did each stage (animated, free will, bioton, & entity) of stochastic dominance succeed or fail?

Premature Birth Could Impact Fitness Later In Life

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Young adults who were born prematurely may have weaker muscles than their peers born at full term, a Finnish study suggests. These ...

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.

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.

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."

5 Things Never To Say To Parents Of Preemies (And What To Say Instead)

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents

Preterm birth is one of those things that is surprisingly common (the March of Dimes estimates that 9.6 percent of babies born in the United States ar...