The recipient of this year’s Brianna Marie Memorial Research Grant goes for a second time to Dr. Teresa Sparks and team at the University of California, San Francisco to further support the completion of your research project titled “Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Toward a Precision-Based Approach.”
Whether it’s your first or fifth pregnancy, this is a special time.
It is crucial to carefully consider what you are eating and make sure you are on a healthy balanced diet throughout your pregnancy.
While you may have to cut out some foods for nine months, some are okay in small amounts.
9 years after our 100-day stay at the NICU, I was suddenly paralyzed by PTSD. Every horrible feeling of fear, anxiety, despair, and anger came flooding back all at once, as a sucker punch to the gut. Emotional scars I thought long healed were bleeding again, as I hurt for my friend and for my own experiences.
I was so, so terrified. Not for me, but for her. Would she be okay? Would she be in pain? Please just save her! As I wheeled away from my family, the only feeling I remember is fear. In the OR, faces I didn’t know surrounded me. I was squeezing the hand of a person I’d never met as they prepped me for the emergency C-section.
“There’s a major problem with your pregnancy.” Are words no expecting parents anticipate hearing. At our routine twenty-week ultrasound, the ultrasound technician got the doctor, and we heard the words that would forever change our lives. “The bladder isn’t releasing urine” and “the amniotic fluid level is dangerously low.”
Kangaroo care (KC, sometimes referred to as “skin-to-skin”) is the most optimal way to promote close contact and can be done by placing your diapered (undressed) baby on your bare chest. This seemingly insignificant practice will actually promote a strong and healthy relationship between caregiver and baby while helping baby thrive exponentially.
By: Kylee Bennett Nearly 120,000 infants are born with congenital defects each year, and they don't always go on to live happy lives. If you’ve received a difficult fetal syndrome diagnosis, you’re certainly not alone. During this challenging time, it can be easy to...
Growing up in the 1960’s, Dr. Diana Farmer’s mother taught Sunday school for disabled children where she first met children who had spina bifida.
“It was a really crummy disease,” Farmer said. Dr. Farmer is now leading innovative research, which holds promise of saving lives and lifetimes.
Most mothers would probably tell their child to sit down and stop standing on the chair in the middle of their family photography session. But when you’re told your son will never walk and he mischievously climbs onto a chair with no help and stands there, posing for the camera … well, you let him do it.
Your question should not be whether or not your child will find hazards in the home, but how soon and where will they find them. 2,700 children die from preventable injuries each year, and the majority of preventable injuries occur in the home. 120,000 children are permanently disabled from these preventable injuries. Learn the habits you should adopt to keep your children safe.
The Fetal Health Foundation Awarded the 2018 Research grant to Dr. Teresa Sparks and team at the University of California, San Francisco. They are working to understand the underlying causes of Hydrops.
Our 4th annual digital issue of Connexion features resources, articles, and photos of children who are thriving after fetal syndrome diagnoses.
After delivering baby number four, experiencing a twin birth, a water birth, and a C-section, I want expecting mothers to know what I didn’t during my first pregnancy: it’s OK to be picky when selecting your OB/GYN!
Fetal Health Foundation Founders Lonnie and Michelle Somers recently ran the Disney Half Marathon with their twin daughters and wrote about what the family learned through the training and race experience.
Fetal Health Foundation Awards $50,000 Research Grant to Further Study Life-Threatening Fetal Lung Complication
The recipient of the 2017 Brianna Marie Memorial Research Grant, awarded annually by the Fetal Health Foundation (FHF), is a team led by Dr. Ali Gholipour of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The group’s focus will be on improved imaging for the prenatal prognosis of incomplete development of the lungs, a life-threatening complication that is associated with several fetal syndromes.
November 12th Great Candy Run Benefits the Fetal Health Foundation Denver, Colo. (November 2, 2017) – Being the face on an organization is a big responsibility for anyone, but it's one that 14-year-old twins Ashley and Aspen Somers have accepted gladly since they...
Based on blood levels, the parents were told they were probably expecting one or two babies. However, an ultrasound at six and a half weeks showed one sac with one baby and a second sac with identical triplets. Read their TTTS story.
We’re proud to announce that we have the SWEETEST people helping us spread the word about The Great Candy Run. The 5k family fun events takes place this year in Minneapolis on October 14th, in Denver on November 12th, and everywhere else world wide November 30- January 1, 2018.
It’s not surprising that Mary Elliott is looking forward to spending a special Mother’s Day with her nine-month-old twin sons, Owen and Stevie. A little over a year ago, the first-time mom was struggling with the fact that her unborn babies might not survive. Mary and...
When you have recently received some not so hopeful news about your pregnancy and your unborn child, nerves may have you on edge. Couple that with knowing you’re heading to consult with an unfamiliar maternal/fetal medicine specialist (who may be all the way across...
Many patients ask this question so we asked Dr. Joel Schwartz to give us a better understanding of what a doppler ultrasound is, and what he can observe during this kind of special examination. Beyond the stunning 3-dmensional and 4-dimensional images that grab...
Do you have a friend or family member who lost their baby or babies? Do you struggle to know what to say and how to act around them? Many families go through this loss, and we asked them to share what they wish their family and friends knew. 1 - Parents who have lost...
“How can I help?” It’s a question we, at the Fetal Health Foundation (FHF), hear frequently. For some, the motivation to help comes because they have experienced a fetal syndrome; others reach out to show support for a friend or family member in the midst of a...
We're often asked by parents about resources that are available to families. In a guest post, Bryan MacMurray shares information on how to obtain Social Security Disability Benefits for a child with a disability related to a fetal syndrome. Applying on Behalf...
12 year-old Aspen Somers contributes her first blog post to the Fetal Health Foundation.