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

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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.

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

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

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 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.

The Surprising Thing I Learned From Having A Micro-Preemie

Kayla Aimee | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 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.

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

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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...

Why I Don't Want My Kids To Forget They Were Preemies

Jessica Watson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Jessica Watson

For now, it's my job to remember November. To take out the memories and share them despite eye-rolls. To remind my children where they came from, and how long it took them to get to where they are right now.

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.

It Felt Like I Failed My Baby

Kate Parlin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Kate Parlin

In those first few weeks of her life, along with relief and wonder at her progress, I felt a nagging sense of failure. I didn't know what I had done wrong, but I must have botched something.

Dad Makes Iron Man Costume For His Preemie Son In The Hospital 'To Help Him Feel Brave'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents

Dad Eric Hart's 4-month-old son Collier was born premature with underdeveloped lungs and has spent his entire life thus far in the hospital. For Colli...

Reaction to the Expecting Quadruplets Pics

Nick Hall | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Nick Hall

We need doctors to make the best decision for the long-term health of the mom and the babies. If you take dollars and cents out of the equation, why would a fertility doctor ever transfer more than one embryo?

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.

How My Preemies Taught Me to Fly

Nick Hall | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Nick Hall

Our daughter, Reece, has had many of the typical challenges that preemies face. We have learned to let go of our expectations, celebrate her milestones and appreciate all that she can do. It doesn't mean that it is easy. For her, or for us, but we are grateful.

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.

Premature Baby's Incredible Transformation Is Proof That Miracles Do Happen

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

From the moment Walker Pruett entered the world on April 25, he had to fight to survive. Born at 26 weeks (about three months premature), he weighed j...

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.

Am I Supposed to Be a Father?

Nick Hall | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Nick Hall

I remember exactly where I was sitting. It was a bright, sunny day and spring was in the air, but not for Jennifer and me. We were having no luck creating a flower, and it was beginning to take a toll on our relationship. I remember thinking that maybe, just maybe, our lack of success was the universe's way of telling me that I wasn't cut out to be a father.

5 Things My Son Is Learning From His Father

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Fatherhood is full of ups and downs; it's rarely a smooth ride. Life has thrown my husband, Noah, some of fatherhood's most joyful and tragic experiences.

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.

How Detroit Is Trying To Help Expectant Mothers Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Detroit's infant mortality rate is twice the national average and the highest among large American cities, but a new initiative in the city is trying ...

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.