New mothers should know it’s OK to ask for help from others.
This year, World Breastfeeding Awareness Week focused on the support a woman needs to succeed at breastfeeding or pumping breast milk.
We all want our children to have the best start in life. We know through research and experience that breast milk is the very best nutrition for newborns. So, a new mother may feel bad if she doesn’t immediately succeed with breastfeeding. But most women who breastfeed struggle and need help from someone.
Most babies don’t know what to do when …Continue reading →
Amelia spent 18 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Months of preparation, reading, classes and research couldn’t have prepared these two first-time parents for what we were about to endure. Minutes after our daughter, Amelia, was born, we were informed of her fragile state and that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was en route in the sky.
Amelia inhaled meconium in the womb, which resulted in serious lung problems. Our hometown hospital was doing as much as they could, but wasn’t able to give Amelia the care she needed. When the Transport Team from Children’s Hospital arrived, we were confused, exhausted and terrified — and they could tell.
Each of them took the time to consult with my husband and I, walking us through all the steps …Continue reading →
Who would have known that the little girl who would rather play “doll hospital” than “house” would someday work in the #1 NICU in the country? Who would have known that the preteen girl obsessed with “Cherry Ames” nurse series of books would eventually work in the #1 NICU in the country? Who would have known that the NICU nurse would become …Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →