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As A NICU Parent, Sometimes You ‘Forget To Breathe’

ER Productions Limited/Getty As a new parent, you are filled with hopes, dreams, and excitement.  You don’t know what to expect, but, ultimately, you figure it will all work out.  Then, sometimes, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and all of your hopes, dreams, and excitement come crashing down. This is what happened to me at 25 weeks pregnant when I went into labor. Two weeks later, I had my twins via C-section. When a child is born significantly premature, as a parent you are […]

Pregnant Travelers Would Have A Harder Time Getting US Tourist Visas Under A Trump Administration Plan – BuzzFeed News

The Trump administration has drafted plans to make it more difficult for pregnant individuals from foreign countries to obtain tourist visas, according to draft government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. The Trump administration has, since its early days, taken efforts to restrict immigration in all forms, including whole-scale changes to the asylum system and bans on those traveling from certain countries. The latest effort, if instituted, would appear to be an attempt to target another focus of those advocating to restrict immigration: “birth tourism.” A draft rule […]

The Night They Were Born

Courtesy of Kristine Putz Birthdays work different for most preemie mommas. See, for most of us, the night our kid/kids were born was traumatic. For most of us, either our health was in danger and/or the lives of our children were in danger. We held our breath as we waited to hear whether or not our children were alive. So, as I approach the second birthday of my twins, I am filled with many emotions. Yes, I am grateful. Yes, I am thankful. But you know what? […]

Pregnant women are at high risk of catching the flu – WXOW.com

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Medical research shows that pregnant women are more likely to develop severe illness if infected from the flu versus non-pregnant women. Health experts explain that when a woman is pregnant, her body’s immune system is focused mainly on the development of the baby, which leaves her body more susceptible to germs and viruses. Jacquie Cutts, the Public Health Nursing manager for the La Crosse County Health Department, said flu season peaks around February and January. “Because the peak of flu season is […]

I Fired My OB-GYN When She Weight-Shamed Me

Scary Mommy and Alistair Berg/Getty My first pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 18 months, but we’d just been given the depressing news that my husband’s sperm count was very low and our only hope would be IVF. So when I got a positive pregnancy test later that same month (yes, really!), we were woefully unprepared for what came next. I had been too superstitious about the pregnancy to pick a healthcare provider for […]