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Beth Puskas

About Beth Puskas

Beth Puskas (NY) is a children's librarian and has one child, Benjamin, born by emergency c-section at 29-weeks after Beth developed severe preeclampsia in 2013. Ben also was born with a cleft lip and palate. He came home after a 68-day stay in the NICU and spent the next year having his cleft lip and palate repaired. Despite a global developmental delay, Ben is a thriving, happy, toddler who loves to laugh. Beth hopes to use her experience to help other families.

My One and Only Preemie

“Is he your only child?” or “Are you going to have anymore?” are two of my least favorite questions and also the two I am asked most often. I honestly wish the people asking understood how hard those kind of questions are for many parents to answer and especially hard for a parent of a […]

This Road We Call Preemie Life

During the 29 weeks I was pregnant with my preemie, I tried to go for as many walks as I could. Those walks helped me feel so much better mentally, as well as physically. As I walked I would lovingly rub my growing belly, the weather growing colder as fall turned into winter, daydreaming about […]

A Mother’s Heart: How to Help it Heal After Severe Preeclampsia

It’s been four years, almost to the day, since I gave birth to my preemie at 29 weeks, weighing 2lb 6oz. Nothing at all like the big, bouncing baby boy I had been fantasizing about. Yet, he was the most beautiful, and tiniest, baby I had ever seen. Being rushed by ambulance because severe preeclampsia […]

“Strong!” Activities for Fine Motor Skills

Preemies often experience developmental delays. Here we’ve put together a list of activities that will help in the development of your child’s fine motor skills. [Read more]

It’s a Small World After All: My Son’s NICU Nurse Used to be My Boss

During the 68 days my preemie spent in the NICU, there were a few, and only a few, moments when I felt everything was going to be okay. That my son was going to be okay. The rest of the time was spent alternating between fears he would never be able to come home, or that I […]