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Prematurity: Myth vs Fact

When it comes to prematurity and the NICU, it can be hard to separate myth from fact. Parents are flooded with information from doctors, nurses, and well-meaning friends and family. Not to mention the internet, which has it’s own pros and cons. For those currently on their own NICU journey, those with high-risk pregnancies who […]

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 […]

How My Marriage Survived the NICU

Head in my hands, heart feeling as though it had been ripped from my chest, I wondered how this could have happened. How could a normal, healthy pregnancy result in an unexpected, premature birth? For mommas that have been in this same situation, you know too well the pain and heartache I felt. Our son […]

Caring for Your Mental Health During a High-Risk Pregnancy and on Bed Rest

by Dawn K. Gibson, LCSW In our society, being pregnant is seen as a joyous event, something to celebrate, not something to endure. However, once a woman learns that her health and/or her baby’s health is in danger and she is placed on bed rest, her entire pregnancy and outlook changes. Although mothers know being […]

Dealing with NICU Staff

Part of me envies the NICU parents who can proudly proclaim that their NICU nurses were fantastic miracle workers sent from above who kept their tiny child alive. A NICU nurse who they keep in touch with, share pictures with, a nurse that remembers┬átheir child. I didn’t have that experience when our son was in […]