The Neonatal ICU Gets a Makeover Hospitals are taking premature infants out of isolated incubators and into rooms where they can have close contact with their parents. Hospitals are rethinking the way they care for premature babies. The traditional neonatal intensive-care unit puts preterm babies—those born before 37 weeks—into incubators in a room with six to eight other infants. ButContinue reading “The Neonatal ICU Gets a Makeover”

Saving Babies’ Lives by Carrying Them Like Kangaroos

Skin-to-skin contact sustains premature babies where incubators are limited. It may even be the best form of neonatal care, period. Carmela Torres was 18 when she became pregnant for the first time. It was 1987 and she and her now-husband, Pablo Hernandez, were two idealistic young Colombians born in the coastal region of MonteríaContinue reading “Saving Babies’ Lives by Carrying Them Like Kangaroos”

Asking for Help Doesn’t Make You Less of a Parent (click link above to read the entire post on A mom of twins explains why she said yes to every offer. I was 40 years old when I got pregnant with my twins. Because of my age, I would have been happy to have one baby. Having two was icing on the cake. IContinue reading “Asking for Help Doesn’t Make You Less of a Parent”