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Quality of Life and Viability, The Debate Continues

I was getting ready to work on my blog, prepared to write about truly enjoying James’ third birthday without any of the anxiety that has come each year at this time, when I read  753 more words

Life After NICU

Alison reblogged this on 22w6d and commented:

In the spirit of Flashback Friday I'm sharing a post from August 2013. An emotional post where I get on my soapbox and discuss viability. This is the topic I always come back to. It's the topic I think about all the time. I had some discussions recently with a mom who's son was born early, 22 weeks 6 days, and doctors didn't try to help him. He was significantly bigger than James, and probably older gestationally. Would he have survived? No one can say, but I believe he deserved a chance. I've been working with this mom on some information we're going to mail to NICU Medical Directors across the country, hopefully next week. I know not all babies will survive. That is the heartbreaking reality of being born too soon. But I also know that gestational age is not an exact science. There is room for error. When a baby is born at 22w 6d, there is a very good possibility that their actual gestational age is over 23 weeks. My plea is for doctors to assess the baby, not just the number. I'll share the letter I've written to the NICU Medical Directors next week, after it's official and we start getting them in the mail. Until then, here's something to think about...

He Has a New Trick, and I Have a New Obsession

I recently discovered a new world. The world of podcasts. Maybe discovered isn’t the right word. I knew they were there, and I even downloaded a couple a few years ago to listen to on a… 1,033 more words

Prematurity

Exercies for Preemies:  Post 2 - Legs and Trunk

In honor of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walks, I am providing some exercises that families can do with their former premature infant upon discharge. 778 more words

Baby Exercise

Tip 105: humidity for babies <30/40

Additional humidity (80-90%) is recommended for babies <30/40 for the first week of life to reduce evaporative heat and fluid loss. Thereafter it depends on the baby’s thermal stability. 14 more words

Prematurity

Exercises for Preemies: Post 1 Shoulders and Arms

In honor of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walks, I am providing some exercises that families can do with their former premature infant upon discharge. 625 more words

Baby Exercise

Forget the Baby Shower, Have a Sip and See Instead

So this may come as no surprise to women who know things (or to the fans of Real Housewives of Atlanta), but Sip and Sees (or Sip ‘n Sees) are an… 471 more words

Prematurity

March for Babies

This last weekend we walked with London in our family’s first March of Dimes event. Last year we were still in the NICU when it took place and prior to that, I had no clue what… 424 more words

Preemie