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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 ...

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 a...

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...

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...

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...