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Next FB Chat: The Many Shades of the Baby Blues

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21, 2013 for a Facebook Chat from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm CT on Hand to Hold’s Facebook wall. Neonatologist Dr. Sue Hall explores the truths behind the emotions many of us face before and after delivery.  What should you do when the crying won’t stop? When is it not just “baby blues”? When do symptoms start? Six weeks… six months… a year? What does it mean when bonding with your child doesn’t happen right away?  When will these empty feelings go away?  Dr. Hall will help you understand the symptoms, both well known and lesser known, as well as the treatment options, when to seek help and why this is not your fault.  If you would like to ask a question in advance, send us a private message on our Hand to Hold FB Wall.

Sue Hall MDAbout Sue Hall, MD: Neonatologist Dr. Sue Hall, a Kansas City native, is the author of For the Love of Babies and an advocate for improving the NICU parent experience. Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of its Section on Perinatology, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.  Dr. Hall started her tenure as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association in 2012, and is Legislative Chair for the Kansas March of Dimes. She serves as a  member of the Kansas Commission on Maternal-Child Health and is a board member of the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka, Kansas.  She is a past member of the California Association of Neonatologists and a former board member of the California Perinatal Association.

Dr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Biology and attained her Master’s degree in social work which she practiced for several years before entering medical school. She graduated from University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, and completed an Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She  served a term as Chief Resident in Pediatrics.  and completed a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 1989. After moving to California, she joined the faculty of the University of California – Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Hall returned to the Midwest to become Medical Director of a 36-bed NICU in Topeka, Kansas.

Jennifer Beatty About Jennifer Beatty

Jennifer Beatty (TX) is the mother of two active boys born early and a social worker employed by Hand to Hold. With her first son, she delivered at 36 weeks and experienced a brief overnight stay in the NICU for blood sugar issues. After fertility issues with her second pregnancy, Jennifer was devastated to have an emergency delivery at 30 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia. Though her younger son only weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces at birth, he came home after 45 days in the NICU at just over 5 pounds and is a strong and healthy preschooler.

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