“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.
During Alysha’s 23rd week of pregnancy, their unborn daughter was diagnosed with a rare tumor growing on her heart. Fewer than one in a million babies develop this type of tumor – called a fetal pericardial teratoma – which often results in death.
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.
This time last year, I was taking a pregnancy test. Today, I’m the mother of a healthy four month-old little boy who loves to smile and kick his legs like crazy.
Johnna Kerres tells her story of the surgery she and her son underwent before he was born. The fetoscopic surgery contributed to medical research.
After a dangerous experience, mom Paula Yost Schupp encourages all pregnant women to be familiar with the signs of preeclampsia, even if they, like her, seem to have no initial risk factors. She tells her story of how she was diagnosed, and what happened as a result.
Logan’s story is so much bigger than his diagnosis. To fully understand you have to know I had a stillborn baby named Andrew 12 years before I had Logan. Andrew had the same diagnosis as Logan. I can never forget the day I knew something was wrong with Logan. We went...
Gina Harris is the CEO of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. In this piece she shares how important nurses have been in her life. “When I went into labor with my first baby on October 24, 2007, I did not know what to expect. I knew that our baby David would either be stillborn or he would die shortly after birth. He had Potter’s Syndrome, which means his kidneys never developed, thus preventing his lungs from developing…”
Expectant parents have a great deal on their agenda during the months leading up to delivery. With so much to do, managing the details can be overwhelming − especially when things don’t go according to plan. The truth is, whether you are a first-time parent or seasoned with experience, the journey can often be unpredictable.