Being in the NICU with a tiny, sick baby can be one of the most stressful experiences a parent can go through. Your baby is undergoing a million tests and procedures, doctors are explaining the next course of action and you’re trying to bond with your newborn all while the chaos of the NICU swirls around you.
Tis the season to give and the March of Dimes has definitely given a group of parents a gift they will never forget. The March of Dimes in Kansas City, along with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses and staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, came together to create some absolutely adorable pictures of their little fighters.
Two weeks ago Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves’ quest to have a baby went viral when a video Dana posted announcing she was pregnant went viral. Sadly, their miracle baby has arrived early after Dana suffered pregnancy complications in the 22nd week of her pregnancy.
Pumping milk requires time, energy, and serious commitment. It can be difficult enough to meet this commitment when you’re doing it for your own child, but to do it for one you will never meet . . . that takes some serious heart – something Amy Borman of Rhinelander, Wisconsin apparently has a massive supply of.
Karla Perez, 22, was looking forward to the birth of her second child, but then, at just 22 weeks pregnant, she suddenly collapsed in her Waterloo home.
Reading can open up a whole new world for both children and adults, but did you know that reading to your baby has benefits as well? It’s true! In fact several studies have linked some pretty big benefits to reading to infants.
Often, in an attempt to save a person’s life, doctors need to think outside of the box when planning a patient’s treatment. Today Bruce & Elise Saiaana are thankful for the persistence the doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital showed when looking after their baby, because – after they had exhausted many of their options – an unconventional treatment ended up saving their baby’s life.
Those of us that live in the United States are familiar with the insurmountable costs of medical insurance. Many of us know what it means to avoid going to the doctor, even when we probably should, because we don’t have insurance or cannot afford to meet the deductible. A Canadian mother recently fell victim to those crippling costs after going into premature labor while visiting Hawaii.
After not feeling her baby move for 36 hours, Zoe Green was rushed to the hospital for an emergency cesarean. Born at 37 weeks gestation, her son, little Harvey Sutton, had lost a third of his blood. He also had fluid in his lungs, anemia, blood poisoning, and had been deprived of oxygen. Doctors could only give him a 30 percent chance of survival.
All preemies have more than their share of obstacles to overcome, but the smaller and more premature a baby is, the more they must fight to survive. Harley Gulliksen’s parents know this better than most.
Countless studies have highlighted the many benefits of music therapy. Those suffering from depression may improve their mood. An insomniac may finally start to sleep better at night. An autistic child’s meltdown may be diffused. A cerebral palsy patient may find a way to connect with the outside world.