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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...

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.

Abortion and Prematurity: A False Alarm

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

No major medical or public health organization has concluded that abortion increases a woman's risk of preterm birth. However, impassioned (but naive) abortion opponents insist that abortion is causally related to prematurity.

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...

How Coping Style Affects Stress In Parents Of Preemies

Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents

BY JANICE NEUMANN Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:54pm EDT (Reuters Health) - - Preemies often have lasting health issues and their parents often feel stre...

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...

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.

An Open Letter To Preemie Parents From A Micro Preemie Mom

Jennifer Degl | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

There are few things as upsetting as not being able to take your baby home from the hospital after birth, and there is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer through medical interventions in a hospital.

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Catherine Pearson

Babies' Genes May Hold Clues To Preterm Birth | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Much of the existing research on babies who are born preterm, or before 37 weeks of pregnancy, has focused on their mothers, investigating what causes...

If I'd Let Fear Paralyze Me, I Wouldn't Have My Daughter

Jessica Bensten | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I was afraid having a child with cancer had labeled me as defective. Everyone else was having healthy kids, so there must be something wrong with me.

Preemies Less Lucky In Love As Young Adults, Study Suggests

Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents

BY LISA RAPAPORT Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:32am EST (Reuters Health) - Twenty-somethings who were born prematurely are less likely to move in with a...

On The First Day Of Christmas, My Preemie Gave To Me...

Jennifer Degl | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

The birth of my premature daughter was not what I expected, and I almost did not survive her delivery. Despite our rocky beginning together, I am so l...

The Cost Of Not Supporting Breastfeeding May Be Millions, Study Says

Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

(Reuters Health) - If more women breastfed their babies for at least four months after birth, the healthcare cost savings could be significant, no...

A New Addition To The What-I'm-Thankful-For List

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

I am thankful for these nurses, and so many others. They made the most challenging part of our life bearable. They made it human.

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.

World Prematurity Day 2014: Taking Action for Newborns Born Too Soon

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Investing in healthcare for women and children contributes directly to the socio-economic development and security of families, communities and nations. Within a generation, it is possible to bring an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths with sustained commitment.

The Preemie Parent Primer: Caring for Yourself When Your Baby Is Premature | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents

For the millions of families who are living the reality of premature birth, awareness is only part of the picture. Having a preemie is a life-altering experience, one which no parent is completely prepared for.

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.

There's No Strong like Preemie Strong

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

What is it like to be a preemie? What is it like to be alone in a plastic box for days, weeks or even months, when developmentally, you're still supposed to be engulfed in your mother's warmth? What is it like to be forced to breathe, eat and live when your body is not physically ready?

10 Things To Know If You Have A Micro Preemie

Jennifer Degl | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

You are afraid to buy baby cloths or items for a nursery, because you are very much aware that your baby may not ever come home.

Meet 51 Babies Who Were Born Too Soon -- And See How Far They've Come

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents

Lindsay McMillan gave birth to her daughter, Emery, 12 weeks early, and spent the next 62 days in the NICU. That was almost four years ago, and Emery ...

Dad's Heartbreaking Rendition Of 'Blackbird' Is A Moment Of Beauty In The Midst Of Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents

This week, a heartbreaking video has touched millions of people all over the world. "Blackbird with Lennon" shows new dad Chris Picco singing The Beat...