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The US is still a leader in infant mortality, so where are the pro-life politicians?

The infant mortality statistics are out again. This always depresses me because: A) The rates are atrociously high and B) There is so much legislation passed to restrict abortion in the name of “life,” but politicians and judges seems awfully silent on infant mortality. In the United States 6.4 infants out of every 1,000 born … Continue reading

A friend delivered twins early. One is in the NICU, one died. What can I say or do?

This question was sent to me via Twitter. The person who added my name to the tweet knew that I might have something to offer because 10 years ago I was that friend. I entered the hospital with ruptured membranes at 22 1/2 weeks, pregnant with triplets. My son Aidan died at birth and my … Continue reading

In praise of Kangaroo Care for premature babies

Today is Kangaroo Care awareness day. Kangaroo care (KC) is the practice of skin-to-skin contact with a premature baby and parent. In low and middle-income countries, where there are fewer medical resources, Kangaroo Care has been shown to reduce mortality among premature babies and shorten the length of hospital stay. Kangaroo Care is also very … Continue reading

The physical dangers for mothers who deliver prematurely

Mothers who deliver prematurely face serious health risks that are often neglected when we talk about prematurity. Today, in honor of Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis that was a direct result of her previable premature delivery, I would like to let the world in on the physical perils faced by mothers who deliver prematurely. Many … Continue reading

Vaginal delivery is safe for premature babies who aren’t breech

Finding out your baby is going to be premature is one of the most stressful things for parents-to-be. In addition to all the fears about the effects of prematurity, many parents also worry about the method of delivery. How can a tiny, fragile premature baby manage to make it through the birth canal without injury? … Continue reading

The medical caste system of America

I am the mother of three boys, but the parent of two. My three children were born extremely prematurely, but it was just too much for my first son. My ┬ásurviving boys, Oliver and Victor, weighed 1 lb 11 oz and 1 lb 13 oz respectively. Because being born at 26 weeks (14 weeks early) … Continue reading

When the doctor has PTSD

PTSD is a normal response to an abnormal situation. A horrible, terrible, situation. It affects 76% of mothers who have/had babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. It affects me. I’d like to say affected, but it is a scar and like all scars it fades, but never completely goes away. Injuries cause scars. And … Continue reading

What world pneumonia day means to me

I am not a fan of awareness months. The campaigns go on too long and frankly, the pinking of October (or greening, or whatever color has captivated Madison avenue) leaves me feeling like diseases are part of a company’s portfolio. I also don’t appreciate being harassed every time I swipe my credit card at Safeway … Continue reading

The Duggar’s Russian roulette with prematurity

Michelle Duggar is pregnant again. Number 20. Perhaps ratings were slumping for their “reality” show? I use the term reality loosely, because a family with 19 children is not reality for anyone. While TLC likes to call themselves the ‘Family, Home, Style, Cooking network,” (you know, crock pots and crafts), TLC is really code for … Continue reading

Preterm birth linked with increased death later in life: the study that breaks my heart:

It’s not enough that premature birth (a delivery before 37 weeks), which affects 12% of all American newborns, is the leading cause if infant death. It’s also not enough that premature delivery is the leading cause of disability among children. No, a new study has to come out telling us that adults who were born … Continue reading

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