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Life in the NICU: A Stressful Situation

A normal pregnancy, followed by an easy delivery, that’s what every mother hopes for. Those first moments after giving birth should be filled with happy tears, while you cradle your new bundle of joy. But for preemie moms – and even term-NICU moms – that usually isn’t the case. For me, my happy day turned […]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When Choosing a High-Risk OB-GYN

The year after my son was born at 26 weeks, my ob-gyn suggested I see a high-risk specialist to discuss the possibility of having another preemie. Here are five things I wish I’d known when I was choosing a high-risk obstetrician, or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Make sure your regular ob-gyn and your high-risk doctor communicate. […]

To the NICU Nurse… Thank You.

I had never met a NICU nurse until the early hours on Halloween morning 2009. In all honesty, my first encounter with a NICU nurse wasn’t overwhelmingly positive. She was giving me the grim statistics of what living with 24 week twin boys could be like – if they even survived the delivery. There I […]

It’s Okay, Preemie Parent

I remember the day Charlie was born like it was yesterday. I spent the ten days prior in the hospital hoping and waiting. However, nothing could prepare me for her birth at 26 weeks or for what was to follow. The day of her birth, no one explained what was happening. My questions were answered with […]

Where’s My Sister? Tips on Including Siblings in Your NICU Journey

I remember being so conflicted when my Haley was in the NICU.  She was our second child.  We were used to giving all of our attention to our son Jacob.    Now not only did we have two kids to love and care for, but they were in different locations.  Trying to learn how to divide […]