Advance practice nurses play important role for infants and families

Newborn Progressive Care Unit

Once an infant is stable, they may be transferred from our NICU to our NPCU.

The Neonatology Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has seen many changes in the past several years. One notable change is the increase in the number of neonatal nurse practitioners now participating in patient care in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Progressive Care Unit.

A neonatal nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has an advanced degree and special training in the care of …Continue reading →

Partnering with families for better NICU outcomes

Kelsey and her daughter, Mara, receiving care in our NICU from Media Esser, a neonatal nurse practitioner

Kelsey and her daughter, Mara, receiving care in our NICU from Media Esser, a neonatal nurse practitioner

I have worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 2001. I started as a nurse intern and later became a nurse. Now I am a neonatal nurse practitioner. Although I’ve filled different roles, I have learned that the one constant in the NICU is the very special and unique way that we work with the …Continue reading →

Why women pregnant with multiple babies need special care

Why women pregnant with multiple babies need special careDiscovering 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.

If pregnant with identical twins, the perinatologist will determine if the babies share a placenta. If the placenta is shared, there is a greater chance of a …Continue reading →

Sam’s story: Newborn and fetal care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

I’m excited to share Sam’s story, which puts a human face on the capabilities of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In this video, the Derus family talk about the care we provided Sam and how the odds were stacked against their …Continue reading →

Premature babies: Why late preterm births have increased in recent years

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 →

Breastfeeding team helps families find their way through a challenging journey

Grace in the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Grace in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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 →

Why the last few weeks of pregnancy are so important to your growing baby

Pregnant womanMost 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 →

Understanding pregnancy risks for women with congenital heart disease

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 →

How donated breast milk helps infants thrive at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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 →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s NICU Graduate Reunion unites for a cause

NICU reunion

Evan, a NICU graduate, and his dad enjoy a cupcake at the 2011 NICU Graduate Reunion.

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.

Children’s Hospital and the March of Dimes invite all 2008 thru 2011 NICU graduates and their families to the reunion. Families are encouraged to sign up for the run and walk and …Continue reading →