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How My Preemies Taught Me to Fly

Nick Hall | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.

I Didn't Know What To Say

Heather Spohr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

My 4-year-old daughter Annabel's questions about her deceased older sister Madeline come in phases, and we are currently in a big one.

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

The Living Legacy of the March of Dimes 'Poster Child'

Jill Teeters | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Donald E. Anderson, aged 73, a retired postal worker in Seattle, Washington, died recently. I didn't know Mr. Anderson, who lived at literally the opposite end of the U.S. from my home in New Hampshire, and he didn't know me. But he has had a lasting imprint on me and my family. We are linked forever, and I hope we can live up to his legacy.

Jackie Kennedy's Five Pregnancies -- the Tragic and the Successful

Steven Levingston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Levingston

Jackie became pregnant for the first time in 1955 but after three months "suffered a miscarriage and learned that carrying and delivering a child would always be difficult for her," recalled JFK's friend and adviser Ken O'Donnell.

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.

Catherine Pearson

Drop In U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Is Good News For American Mothers (Unless You're From The South)

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

The rate of babies born prematurely in the U.S. dropped to a 15-year low of 11.5 percent in 2012, according to new figures released by the March of Di...

How Motherhood Changes the Texture in Our Lives

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

For me, I know no other love like the obsessive, unconditional vulnerable love a mother has for her child; it can be both strengthening and devastating.

Mother's Age Tied To Risk Of Delivery Complications

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies...

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.

What You Need to Know About Early Elective Deliveries

Leah Binder | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

The prevalence of early elective deliveries perfectly embodies the five biggest problems in our health system today.

Newborn Reportedly Sent To Hospital Morgue In Brazil While Still Alive

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | World

A premature baby born in a hospital in Brazil was reportedly sent to the morgue while still alive. The child later died after the staff was unable to ...

A Simple Change to Save 830,000 Lives

Ashley Morton | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Ashley Morton

In the U.S., mothers choose to breastfeed for a variety of reasons but in most cases the reason isn't that their child will die otherwise.

Art After Death

Rebecca Campbell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
Rebecca Campbell

I'm an artist. The words sounded true but I didn't know what they meant. It's a simple act to look and paint. There is no cutting edge in sight. It's what flickers between the edges, burning and warming us both, that the practice has managed to gather.

A Mom's Perspective on the Fiscal Cliff

Kari Anne Roy | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Kari Anne Roy

Who exactly are the entitled moochers who benefit from Medicaid? In fact, half of the Americans covered by Medicaid are children, and one who is especially close to my heart is my 4-year-old son, Isaac.

Journalist Reveals Heart-Wrenching Tale Of Having A Micro-Preemie

Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents

When Kelley Benham gave birth, she knew that statistics were not in her favor -- about one in 750 newborns arrive in the "micro-preemie" window, betwe...

Preterm Birth: We're All Vulnerable

Damali Campbell, MD | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Damali Campbell, MD

Many women don't realize they are at risk for a preterm birth. I certainly did not think I was. I did everything I thought I should to ensure a healthy baby.