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Jodi Dolezel | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Twas the night before Christmas, in the neonatal intensive care, all the babies were sleeping, while sounds of alarms, filled the air.

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

Jennifer Degl | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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...

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

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 NICU Ride Through the Eyes of a Nurse

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Jodi Dolezel

The blessings and sadness of the NICU still remain, but lying beneath the mental and physical exhaustion is the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction that comes along with being a NICU nurse, and really there is no greater job than this.

What We Left When We Left the NICU

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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.

10 Things To Know If You Have A Micro Preemie

Jennifer Degl | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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.

When Your Baby Is 'Some Assembly Required'

Karyn Pickles | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

It took us long time to get pregnant with Molly. Not a long, long time, but long enough. Long enough to start to get used to the knot in my stomach every month as I counted the days and the symptoms, trying not to convince myself that every little twinge of nausea was a good sign.

Our Life With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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,