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The option for compassionate end-of-life care

This post, When All Options Have Been Exhausted, from Still Standing magazine has been on my mind since I read it a couple of days ago. 929 more words

Hugo

Catriona Ogilvy reblogged this on The Smallest Things and commented:

Shared as part of our communication in Neonatal Care Week | 23rd February – 1st March 2015. Communication matters, not only in the present but upon the lasting effect it has on the future as we look back, reflect and remember. NICU is a world far removed from any parent’s dream of greeting their new baby, a world where the most difficult of difficult decisions take place. How bad news is imparted and difficult decisions reached are integral not only to a parents lasting memories, but also for parents to know that the best or perhaps only decision possible has been reached. In her piece Hugo’s mum Leigh talks about the need not only for honesty, but for health care professionals to consider carefully the language and vocabulary that they use when delivering bad news.

In Response to My 13 Year-Old Daughter's Letter

Apologize? For regretting your birth?
You demanded this of me in writing.
There were tears in my eyes
as we both laughed despite ourselves.

Though your tears had long dried, 191 more words

Poetry

Volunteer Profile – DeAnna Kimrey

DeAnna Kimrey of Hampton is passionate about giving back to her community. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Toano and volunteers her time to Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. 401 more words

March Of Dimes

Arizona baby born premature gets heart transplant

PHOENIX (AP) – Caylyn Otto bought a bracelet for her unborn son, but not for his baptism.

“I pictured it being on an urn or being buried with him,” Otto said. 446 more words

News

California baby called medical rarity, born inside amniotic sac

(KCAL/KCBS/CNN) — All moms think their babies are extraordinary — but 10-week-old Silas actually is.

When he was born prematurely via C-section at just 26 weeks, his amniotic sac didn’t rupture at birth, a true medical rarity. 257 more words

News

Special delivery!

These just came today! Time to get my reading on!

Preemie

Growth spurts and spit-up

Benjamin is fast approaching 2 weeks old and just when I thought we had good nursing and sleeping routines going, he has a growth spurt! Throw the routines out the window, because now it’s nursing around the clock, almost every hour, day and night! 89 more words

Preemie