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RSV 101: What Every NICU Parent Needs to Know

For most infants, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) causes an illness like a common cold in the upper and lower respiratory tracts. But some babies, including those born preterm and those with special health care needs, may be at high risk for a severe infection which can cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small […]

Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

Lactation consultants understand first-hand how crucial breastfeeding is to premature babies. They also know the challenges mothers face and how much support is needed during this time for both mom and baby. We interviewed Kay Needles-Gregorio, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?

Before your baby was born, you might have dreamed about what your parenting style might be and what it would feel like to hold your little one. You may have already decided your preference on feeding your baby breast milk or formula. Now your baby is in the NICU or may have arrived home, and […]

Finding a Professional Counselor: Seeking the Help You & Your Family Deserve

As a parent, the range of emotions you experience are vast. When you become the parent of a medically fragile child, the experience becomes even more complex. While it is normal to have a range of feelings, you might find that these emotions become overwhelming and difficult to deal with when you are bombarded with […]

Finding a Balance Between NICU and Home

When your baby ends up in the NICU, the world can feel like it’s been turned up-side-down. All your normal daily routines are disrupted and set aside. Nothing outside these unit doors seems to matter as much as the life and death battle that is going on inside. But soon you realize that life is […]