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Jessica Thomas

About Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas is a mom to three girls, two of whom were preemies. Ella, born at 35 weeks due to placental abruption, weighed over 6 lbs and spent a mere three days in the NICU. Her middle daughter was overdue and weighed 10 pounds! Her youngest, one year old Lydia, was born via VBAC at 27 weeks and weighed 2 lbs 7 oz. She spent 79 days in the NICU. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Jessica was a teacher and holds a Master’s degree in early childhood education. She is particularly interested in breastfeeding and chronicles her NICU pumping and nursing journey on her personal blog.

Thanking My Husband on Father’s Day: Showing Love in the NICU

My husband was not new to being a dad when our preemie was born 3 months before her due date. In fact, as our third child and third daughter at that, he felt experienced and confident as we looked forward to her birth. That changed when we found ourselves looking at her through the barrier […]

When NICU Dad Is Also a Doc

I remember watching my husband over the course of our daughter’s 79 day NICU stay. Born at 27 weeks, and just over 2 pounds, she was covered in wires and tubes and the beeping of machines were the lullabies played in her hospital room. As terrified as I was as her mother, I could sense […]

The Neonatologist and Other Doctors in the NICU

On March 30, National Doctors’ Day, physicians across the country are recognized for their service. As the wife of a surgeon, I thought I understood much about what doctors do. I certainly understood the years of training and sacrifices made by physicians, as well as their families, for the coveted M.D. degree. When my daughter […]

4 Ways I Helped My Older Children Deal with a Premature Sibling

I woke up that morning and felt “funny.” I couldn’t really put my finger on what was wrong. At only 27 weeks pregnant, I refused to let my mind believe that the back pain I was having was actually contractions. Curling up on the couch didn’t help, chugging glasses of water gave no relief, and […]

The Importance of Hand Washing and Sibling Touch

Wednesday, October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. We hope you’ll enjoy these tips, as well as our pro-insights article later this month on the topic of hand washing. I saw the excitement in my daughters’ eyes as we entered the NICU for them to meet their sister, Lydia, for the first time. We filled out the […]