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Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   10-12-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,435
Posted By KAT2006
I highly suggest doing extensive research before...

I highly suggest doing extensive research before skipping the metabolic screen "PKU" test. It started with just pku but has now expanded to testing for 30-60 different metabolic problems (depending...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   08-04-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By KAT2006
Just my two cents...Aspiration is aspiration, it...

Just my two cents...Aspiration is aspiration, it really stinks! Whether it is amniotic fluid, blood, or meconium, the lungs don't like anything in there. It's like a paper cut, the day you get it...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-22-2010, 07:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,932
Posted By KAT2006
Just a little fyi, babies that qualify for...

Just a little fyi, babies that qualify for cooling MUST start the cooling process by 6 hours old. After the 6 hour mark there is no benefit and the cooling process will actually be more detrimental....
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   01-03-2010, 01:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,130
Posted By KAT2006
Mama, I am a NICU RN and just wanted to say that...

Mama, I am a NICU RN and just wanted to say that oomphaloceles are not always associated with other problems. I have seen many,many babies who just have that single problem. After you find out more...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-07-2008, 09:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,411
Posted By KAT2006
I am a NICU nurse in one of the biggest NICU's...

I am a NICU nurse in one of the biggest NICU's on the east coast. And 34 weeks is really, really early to be confident in their lung development. Yes, some babies are okay, but really MOST need help...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   10-25-2008, 11:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By KAT2006
You sound like such a wonderful mommy...already...

You sound like such a wonderful mommy...already making great decisions for your little one. I just wanted to add one thing: these "gut" babies are usually the ones that all NICU nurses hope the...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   10-21-2008, 11:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By KAT2006
Wow, you are luck to not only have private rooms...

Wow, you are luck to not only have private rooms but 24 hour rooming in. That will give you lots of time to bond with Faith. Gastrochesis babies are usually NPO for weeks after birth. Hopefully you...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   07-02-2008, 11:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By KAT2006
Lung surfactant is just becoming complete around...

Lung surfactant is just becoming complete around 36 weeks. 35 weekers can be just fine with some good labor hormones, but sometimes those babies need some help breathing. (Especially little white...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   06-17-2008, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 593
Posted By KAT2006
ANY baby can get NEC. The more premature the...

ANY baby can get NEC. The more premature the baby is, the greater the risk. Breastmilk does cut down on that risk substantially, I always tell my NICU mom's it is "the greatest gift" to their baby....
Forum: VBAC   03-09-2008, 12:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,172
Posted By KAT2006
From what I have read and seen in the NICU...

From what I have read and seen in the NICU (accreta/precreda babies are often born early) that the biggest risk factor is getting pregnant quickly after having a C/S or any uterine surery. Within...
Forum: Mental Health   12-13-2007, 02:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By KAT2006
I love MDC but do not post much. I found my way...

I love MDC but do not post much. I found my way here because I really do not know where to turn. My "little" brother as been battling shizophrenia for the last two years. It was two years ago on...
Forum: Pets   06-20-2007, 10:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 199
Posted By KAT2006
Great Idea! My cats are constantly using my...

Great Idea! My cats are constantly using my mattress pad as a scratching post!http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif:
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   04-21-2007, 09:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,299
Posted By KAT2006
I would love to see a picture of your little...

I would love to see a picture of your little one. With a baby that premature you must be at Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters?
Forum: August 2006   04-19-2006, 10:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 606
Posted By KAT2006
Fortunately, almost all babies test negative for...

Fortunately, almost all babies test negative for the disorders that the state metabolic screen tests for(most states test for 20-30 problems on each test). However, as a NICU nurse, I have seen...
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