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  1. Baby
    You've probably seen the precious videos of David Deutchman, also known as the ICU Grandpa, holding medically fragile children in Atlanta. Here's why we love ICU Grandpa so much. David Deutchman has been affectionally dubbed the "ICU Grandpa" at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He's been...
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    One couple from Chicago is raising money to give hundreds of NICU parents free parking passes so that visiting their preemies doesn't have to be costly. While Carrie and Terry Meghie's 1o-month old son, Jackson, spent most of his brief life in hospitals, they were faced with a myriad of...
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    Becoming the parent of a preemie can be a difficult introduction to motherhood. These five tips will help you cope. Despite those last few uncomfortable weeks of pregnancy, no mother ever wants to give birth prematurely. While some pregnancy complications carry with them a higher risk of...
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    Babies can need NICU care for issues that range in severity - whatever the reason, parents may need some extra advice about how to work through this critical time. Some couples anticipate spending time there, others end up there with no warning at all, but for any parent a baby's stay in the...
  5. New Member Introductions
    September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month and Jackson Chance Foundation is honoring #NICU nurses with the 1st Annual #OwlGive Awards. Help us say THANK YOU to these super-humans by spreading the word to the community. The recipient of the award wins an all-expense paid vacation...
  6. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    Hello mothering community! My name is Alex and I am a student conduting surveys about NICU concerns from parents. See my other post to contribute! I am a biomedical engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin.
  7. Healing Birth Trauma
    I am 41 weeks pregnant with baby number 3. My last birth (home birth), was traumatic to me. Shoulder dystocia (baby over 11 pounds), baby transferred right away by ambulance to NICU, and remained there for 3 weeks (meconium aspiration syndrom, several days of intubation, then cpap...). He...
  8. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    Hello, my preemie boy and girl who were born at 26.4 weeks turned 2 1/2 last month. Please go here to read their AMAZING survival story: http://www.amazon.com/94-DAYS-NICU-ANGELA-MUTAVI-ebook/dp/B00NLQ6MG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411248221&sr=8-1&keywords=angela+mutavi. :laugh::crying:
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    By Rebecca Hughes Parker for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   I consider my daughters' birthday to be in January. But I am the only one. Their birth certificates read November 17, 2004 and that is the day they were hastily scooped out of my womb, neonatologists standing by...
  10. Breastfeeding Challenges
    Hello my baby is 6 days old and in the Nicu. Been pumping like crazy. I bf my first son and pumped for 10 months. My milk just drops out while pumping. I'm not getting that full spray effect out of the nipples- just these lane drops. And milk is transitioning from colostrum to reg milk. Noobs...
  11. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    I have a baby who was born 3-8-13 at 31wks6days old. He's been in the NICU for the last week and we've met a lot of awesome nurse but the last few days have had a nurse I haven't been on the same page with and I'm looking for some advice. I've been coming to kangaroo care during the noon and 3...
  12. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>I am just curious how many preemie parents out there can't get their babies to sleep on their backs because of the reflux? When my son with in the NICU, they tilted his crib so that he slept on his back at an angle due to reflux issues. It seemed to work and he was able to sleep fine. I now...
  13. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>Hi mamas.  I have 34 week twins who are now 36weeks and in the NICU.  One twin is rooting at feeding times and has been put to breast and is starting to remove small bits (a couple of cc) of milk on occasion (not regularly).  The other is not removing any milk and will occasionally cue but...
  14. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>Hi there, </p> <p>I have a 1 wk old DD in the NICU (Seattle Children's) now with a very serious heart defect (obstructed TAPVR).  I had her at almost 42 weeks, so she's relatively big and strong...this was my HBAC birth, my first vaginal one, and I had 3rd degree tearing.  So, I've got to...
  15. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>Hi mamas. I'm having a really rough night.  I delivered my 34 weeker twins Monday.  They are doing very well on room air.  They are being fed via ng tube and my daughter has started to latch and is removing small amounts of milk.  They are feeders and growers.  My NICU nurse today told me...
  16. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p> My little Isabella was born March 8th and was 30 weeks gest on most of her but her abdomen area was 28 wk due to a lack of blood flow through the placenta. I live two hours away from the NICU that she is in. I was in the hospital for almost a month before they decided it was time to take...
  17. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>I'm in sort of a unique position, because I know already (I'm 22 weeks) that there's a good probability that my baby will be in the NICU.  I have little c antibody isoimmunization, which can result in hemolytic disease and may also require baby to be delivered early if she shows signs of...
  18. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>My sister-in-law just gave birth at 24 weeks to twins. How can we be helpful and supportive from across the country? What can we send that might be helpful? Are there any sentiments that can be unintentionally hurtful?</p>
  19. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    <p>I am 33 weeks with DZ twins and my growth scan this week showed that my IUGR baby B has nearly stopped growing.  He is estimated at 2lb14.  My MFM recommends delivering and so I got my first steroid shot today.  I will get a second tomorrow and will deliver sometime this week or next...
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