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Navigating Claims and Insurance Companies

  There’s no doubt that having a baby in the NICU is overwhelming. Adding to the stress can be the mountain of paperwork that starts accruing: insurance claims, explanations of benefits, bills, and more. Preemie mom Kathryn Whitaker shares her best tips for staying organized and keeping your sanity while navigating claims and insurance companies. […]

12 Tips for Getting Synagis Injections Approved

Getting Synagis injections approved by insurance companies can be cumbersome, but for me the threat of my babies catching RSV was always worse. So, I stumbled my way through several Synagis approval scenarios. Hopefully, these tips can make your Synagis quest a little easier. But first, it’s important to understand that there are general guidelines that […]

Social Security Disability Benefits for Your Preemie

As if being thrust into preemie parenthood is not overwhelming enough from parental and medical viewpoints, the financial aspects of an early arrival can leave you feeling just as helpless. When Roxy was just a couple days old, we were met by a hospital social worker at her bedside.  We were asked for a variety […]

{Friday Feature} Bee Mighty

Our son, the mighty Shaw Richter, was born at 27 weeks, just over two pounds and spent 122 days in the NICU. Shaw’s medical history is long in his short 2 years of life. He suffered a stroke at birth and endured 22 spinal taps that left a permanent bruise on his backside. He had […]

{FB Chat} Empowering the Cerebral Palsy Parent

In honor of March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker, a pediatric physical therapist & professor of pediatric physical therapy, was our guest at the March 21, 2013, Facebook Chat discussing Cerebral Palsy, a common diagnosis for newborns who have spent time in the NICU. [Read more]