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Our Life With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

In my mind, my son, Wes, is tall. He is kind and smart and full of sweet mischief. He loves to run. He runs everywhere, down the hall, down the street. Always with a sly grin. Like his dad. He has his dad's eyes and his perfect nose and his lips.

10 Reasons Why Babywearing Rocks

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Babywearing helps us keep up with chores, work and life. 2014-10-07-DSC_8355.jpgWe can do almost anything while wearing our babies -- write, cook, work, walk -- anything that can be safely done with a baby on our chest or back.

My Complicated Relationship With Breastfeeding

Emily Hatch | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

What a wild ride breastfeeding has been. I've never been so determined to do anything, or so ill prepared.

Not Just a STAT Section

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.

To The Woman In The NICU Lactation Room

Carissa K | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

While I never spoke to you or even met your eyes, I think of you often. Your presence is now a concrete part of a significant and sacred memory.

When Breast Milk Doesn't Come From Breasts

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Micah and Zachary needed my milk and my presence. I would not sacrifice either to make anyone, including myself, comfortable. Feeding tubes and bottles are not how I planned to nourish my babies, but the important thing is that they received my milk and all of my love.

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.

Can Music Save Lives?

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Can music save lives? Listen to and watch professional pianist, composer, author, and American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) artist spokesperson ...

When Mother's Milk Was All I Had to Give

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

The one way I could nurture my fragile babies was by giving them my milk. Making milk was my one source of empowerment, when all of my motherly duties and responsibilities were taken away and given to clinicians.

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.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Stearman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Jenni Stearman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Steadman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Jenni Steadman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

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.

What My Baby's Scars Have Taught Me

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

There was a host of natural light in the playroom, which brought the ripples of scar tissue into clearer view, making the white lines more prominent. Seeing how imperfectly straight they were, I could envision the surgeon's hand making meticulous cuts on his tiny, 4 lb. body,

Darkness and Light

Wendy Francis | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

June 15th marks a celebration I didn't know if I'd ever see: my son's fifth birthday. We assembled a quote board of Nicholas's most memorable lines from the year, including his prayers one night when he asked, "God bless the Superheroes who keep us safe. Superman, Batman and Robin."

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.

An Open Letter To My Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

As you get older, will you still want me to sit next to your bed and rub your back when you feel sick or scared? Whether you do or don't, I pray to God, as my face gets another wrinkle and the circles under my eyes get bigger and darker, to give me the strength to care for you.

7 Questions For Soon-To-Be Mothers -– A Guide To Choosing The Best Hospital For You

Leah Binder | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

Today's hospitals offer "family birthing suites" with soothing wallpaper, aromatherapy, soft lighting, comfy tubs, pull-out beds for Dad and catered meals. While all this makes for good advertising, it does not necessarily make for good birthing.

52 Days In NICU

good men project | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents

By Mark Brislin, originally published on Papas of Preemies, republished for The Good Men Project It was around day 16 of my son’s 52 day stay in ...

AFTER THE NICU
The Hard Lesson I Learned When My Baby Came Home

Jessica Valenti | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Jessica Valenti

Our ability to nurse is presented to American women as the most basic, natural thing a woman can do for her child. So when it doesn't work, we're blamed.

Global Motherhood: Recognize Your Power To Make A Difference

Anne Geddes | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Anne Geddes

We must remember this simple fact that each premature baby is one person, who needs just one other person's help. One person helping another. We can change the world if we all pull together.

Katherine Bindley

Breast Milk Bank Shortages Prompt Concern

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 11.18.2011 | Parents

There's plenty of partisanship when it comes to the subject of breast milk. But one thing lactivists and formula-fans alike can agree on is that short...