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You Said WHAT?! Social Media Etiquette for Preemie Parents

Social Media Etiquette: we are the role models.

Social Media Etiquette: we are the role models.

There’s a special place in my heart for parents and caregivers who experience difficult situations with their babies and children. I feel like these folks are more resilient, more appreciative of the miracle of nature and, ultimately, they are inspirational. I find them in like minded communities, offering support and sharing stories beyond life in the NICU, often using social media.

Sometimes, sadly, they attack each other.

We parents are passionate about our opinions; as survivors of the NICU seek information about early infant life from every source possible, including other parents. However, if one brings up a conversation about hot button topics such as vaccination, when to start solids, or whether or not to co-sleep, heated words may be exchanged and sometimes etiquette goes to pot. That saddens me greatly.

Social media is a wonder tool. There are more fantastic people using it than those who intentionally do harm. I don’t think, however, it benefits anyone if someone tries to help whilst being antagonistic or rude. [Continue reading]

Candice G’s Amazing Birth Story: Terrified to True Love


What were the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth? When I was 29 weeks, I went in for a regular checkup. Since the appointment, I had just 2 weeks prior been cancelled due to an emergency c-section, my doctor had to attend. My blood … [Continue reading]

2014 NICU Heroes Awards Finalists, Pt 2

Michelle White in the NICU

Neonatal nurses, Michelle White and Marilee Lawson, were both named 2014 NICU Heroes Awards finalists. These outstanding neonatal professionals were chosen as finalists alongside two other fellow neonatal nurses, Natalie Sorrentino and Kathy … [Continue reading]

What Physical Therapy has Meant for My Preemie and Me

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The definition for the word therapy is “therapeutic treatment especially of bodily, mental, or behavorial disorder”.  When you first discover that your preemie will need physical therapy (PT), you probably think it is only for the therapeutic … [Continue reading]

5 Uses for a Baby Blanket Outside the Crib

Baby blanket under Torran for therapy and protecting the carpet

Your preemie is about to be discharged. Perhaps she's breathing on her own. Maybe she needs oxygen to support her lungs, either through a  cannula or a trach. You look around her nursery for one final safety check. Your eyes fall upon the one … [Continue reading]