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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 […]

Identifying and Managing Delays in Sensory Integration in Children

As a child develops, so does their sensory system, allowing them to react to the world and the people in it. Most children are able to comprehend sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell and process them in a way that works seamlessly together. Some children, though, experience problems with sensory integration and have adverse effects […]

Pregnancy After Preterm Birth or Loss

by Felicia Nash, MD, OB/GYN  Making the decision to try and conceive after a pregnancy loss or preterm birth involves both emotional and physical health components. Often couples faced with this decision spent agonizing weeks, months or years dealing with the pregnancy and/or NICU stay. Attend to Your Emotional Health First Grief counseling is a […]

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 […]

The Life-Long Struggle of a Medically Fragile Child + {Free Hospital Packing List}

My baby did not end up in the NICU because he was premature. He ended up in the NICU because he was medically fragile. Though these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, many preemies–like my other child who was a 34 week feeder/grower–outgrow their immaturity. Most babies born medically fragile face a life-long struggle of […]