Discovering you are pregnant and carrying more than one baby can be an exciting and special time in a woman’s life. But, a pregnancy of multiples can have additional risks for the mother and unborn babies, and often is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In these cases, the obstetrician will most likely refer the mother to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, also known as a perinatologist, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
Premature births — babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — have been on the rise in the U.S. for the last 20 years. In 2006 our nation hit an all time high of 12.8 percent premature births. This is comparable to preterm birth rates in third world countries.
Now the most recent 2012 data available shows the U.S. ranks 131 out of 184 countries in …Continue reading →
Hello to all of you preemie moms out there! Welcome to the journey. Not everyone is invited to travel this rewarding and demanding path — you are the chosen few.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is truly a gift from God. They helped my baby and me navigate our journey. They extended their skillful hands and compassionate hearts to strengthen …Continue reading →
Most pregnant women can testify to the difficultly of the last month of pregnancy. You feel fat, can’t sleep comfortably and lose your breath walking up the stairs. The list of physical discomforts is lengthy. Despite these unpleasant side effects, the last few weeks of pregnancy are very important to the growing baby as essential organs like brain, liver and kidneys continue to develop.
Late preterm infants, born between 34 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, often appear healthy and frequently receive care after birth similar to full-term babies. These babies room with their mothers and are cared for in a newborn nursery. However, these late preterm infants often need additional time to …Continue reading →
A large number of women born with congenital heart disease (CHD) survive into adulthood because of advancements in surgical and medical treatments. Like many young adults, they have dreams of starting a family of their own. In general, pregnancy in women with a history of CHD is safe, but for some pregnancy may have significant risks to the mom and unborn baby.
One of the biggest concerns is the increased stress on the heart. Throughout pregnancy, …Continue reading →
As an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) for almost 20 years, I have educated many mothers on the importance of breastfeeding for both baby and mother. For some, breastfeeding can be a complex road that takes many turns.
Many hospitals around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, use pasteurized donor milk for infants whose mothers cannot provide breast milk. Like mother’s own milk, pasteurized donor milk provides nutrients, enzymes, growth factors …Continue reading →
Every year the tiny patient graduates of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and their families are invited to a reunion with the nurses and doctors that cared for them. The 2012 NICU Graduate Reunion is being held in coordination with Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital benefitting critical care including neonatal care.
When I became pregnant with my daughter in 2007, I knew being diabetic could cause complications for me and my baby. At my six-month appointment, I alerted my doctor to vision problems I had been experiencing. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and found out along with my eyesight, my kidneys and heart were starting to fail.
As a single mother, I was preparing myself for the worst – the possibility that one or both of us would not survive. Doctors closely monitored …Continue reading →
In the past few years, I have been part of a team that has performed several procedures to save the lives of unborn babies. The EXIT (ex-utero intrapartum treatment) procedure is a way to deliver a baby safely when he or she has been diagnosed with a life-threatening lung or airway problem before birth. This might include a head, neck or lung tumor. The procedure helps ensure the baby will be able to breathe after birth.
During an EXIT procedure, a team of specialists—including a perinatologist, neonatologist and pediatric surgeon—put the mother and unborn baby to sleep with anesthesia. An …Continue reading →