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Poor boobies.

This is it. I’m sitting down (and for once I’ve remembered to bring water with me and if you’ve been with me when I’ve pumped you’ll know how rarely that happens!!), and I’m pumping. 620 more words


Tip 55a: fluid requirements in preterm babies

The insensible losses in preterm babies, from evaporation and respiratory tract, can reach 40-60ml/kg/day, even when nursed in 90% humidity, and can be much larger (up to 140ml/kg/day). 24 more words


The First Time

My first baby…..my first delivery….not at all how it was supposed to be. One of the things that sticks with me the most, that still makes me cry nearly sixteen years later, is the first time I saw him – not just his foot from across the room before they whisked him away, but the first time I got to really see him, all of him. 396 more words


Family Planning is a Myth

In my late 30’s I gave birth to three children in 15 months.  This is not what I had planned. I had been planning my family since I was a young girl. 889 more words

Tip 52: post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus

Post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PPH) is thought to be due to micro blood clots causing inflammation and fibrosis of the arachnoids, inhibiting CSF reabsorption.

~1/3 of infants with IVH develop PPH, especially those with grade 3 or 4 IVH. 47 more words


Tip 51: intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH)

IVH originates from the subependymal germinal matrix, a highly vascular structure of delicate capillaries.  Around 50% occur with the first 24 hours of life, especially if unstable after birth, with less than 5% occurring after day 5. 30 more words


Tip 50: surfactant for RDS

Using surfactant early (<2h age vs. late) in preterm infants with RDS requiring ventilation leads to reduced:

  • pneumothorax (RR 0.69)
  • pulmonary interstitial emphysema (RR 0.60)
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