The complete resource for NICU families from admission to discharge and beyond

What Can I Do To Help My Baby?

With the birth of a new baby, it’s natural for you to want to jump in and begin to care for your baby. The new mom wants to “be a mom” and the new dad has an overwhelming desire to “take care of” his new family – both mother as she recovers...

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Who Is Taking Care Of My Baby?

The many different faces you may see at your baby’s bedside can be confusing, as can be the different roles each one plays. NICU care involves a large team of professionals, each with a specific function. Don’t EVER be afraid to ask someone to...

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How Do I Get Through This?

The NICU is a scary place. Some are too brightly lit and incredibly noisy, with alarms and voices bouncing around the hard walls. Others are so dark it’s hard to see, and you’re afraid to speak above a whisper. Either way, the environment is...

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Will My Baby Live?

You’ve made it anxiously through your pregnancy, waiting for the “big day” and dreaming about how the delivery would go. Perhaps you and your partner even made a birthplan, communicating your very personal wishes to the medical team about how...

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NICU-PEDIA Blog

Study: Every Eight Minutes A Nursery Product Sends A Child To The ER

13 March 2017
Study: Every Eight Minutes A Nursery Product Sends A Child To The ER

Photo courtesy of: Shutterstock A child less than three-years old is sent to the emergency room every eight minutes due to nursery product related injuries. Study Details A Nationwide Children's...

$1M Grant Approved To Study Plastic Effects On Preemies

03 February 2017
$1M Grant Approved To Study Plastic Effects On Preemies

Plastic products implemented in the NICU have been an ongoing controversy for a long time now. Especially when products that use phthalate, a chemical used to make plastic flexible and...

VIDEO: 11-Month-Old Conjoined Twins Separated After 22-Hour Surgery

26 January 2017
VIDEO: 11-Month-Old Conjoined Twins Separated After 22-Hour Surgery

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, and their survival is anything but assured." However, 11-month-old twins, Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho,...

What To Expect

What To Expect 23 to 24+ Weeks

22 May 2014
What To Expect 23 to 24+ Weeks

Your baby born at this degree of prematurity is the very youngest that an infant can survive outside the womb. You may have spoken with a neonatologist before delivery and...

What To Expect 25 to 27+ Weeks

22 May 2014
What To Expect 25 to 27+ Weeks

If your baby was born between 25 and 28 weeks’ gestation, you’re probably thinking “how can my baby possibly be okay when s/he was born 4 months early?” While, obviously,...

What To Expect 28 to 31+ Weeks

22 May 2014
What To Expect 28 to 31+ Weeks

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You made it to 28 weeks!!! While you’re probably thinking, “how can my baby possibly be okay when s/he was born 3 months early?” your neonatologist is rejoicing that...

What To Expect 32 to 34+ Weeks

22 May 2014
What To Expect 32 to 34+ Weeks

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You made it to 32 weeks!!! Maybe your membranes have been ruptured for several weeks and you’ve been sitting in the hospital hoping and praying you don’t get an...

What To Expect 35 to 37 Weeks

22 May 2014
What To Expect 35 to 37 Weeks

You don’t understand what has happened! Your baby was due in about a month – or maybe even less – and everything was supposed to be fine. You know lots...

What To Expect 38 Weeks and Beyond

22 May 2014
What To Expect 38 Weeks and Beyond

Something has gone terribly wrong! You made it through your pregnancy, your due date is 2 weeks or less away, and you thought everything would be fine! If you had...