Monthly Archives: October 2010

Vaccines 101 (video)

An in depth review of all the vaccine facts! (I still can’t believe I managed to record and upload this myself…the wonders of a Mac!)

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Flu vaccine: promote facts not fear

Despite a mountain of evidence that demonstrates influenza vaccination is both effective and safe, only 50% of health care providers are vaccinated.¬†Unfortunately, there are consequences. Up to 23% of providers working in a hospital will be infected with influenza sometime … Continue reading

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An insider tip on surviving the NICU: baking cookies

My first week home from the hospital was terrible. I was just starting to process Aidan’s death and we were trying to figure out what to do with the body. I was still weak from the infection and all the … Continue reading

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Bully drills

We have fire drills, earthquake drills, so why not bully drills? It’s a pretty simple idea in out house that was born out of necessity. A few weeks ago Oliver, who is in 1rst grade and weighs all of 40 … Continue reading

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Why don’t celebrities have premature babies?

Celine Dion was admitted to the hospital today “as a caution” to prevent a premature delivery of her twins. There was no mention in any of the reports whether she was having contractions, bleeding, or ruptured membranes. While her due … Continue reading

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Being born in the right hospital critical for extremely premature babies

When you think about giving a premature baby the best possible start in life, it is important to consider the hospital where they are born. The care an extremely premature baby receives immediately after birth makes a big difference in … Continue reading

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Preventing prematurity: spotlight on Aspirin and preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a disorder characterized by protein in the urine and high blood pressure (although there are some variants where blood pressure is normal) is a risk factor for premature delivery. The earlier a mom develops this condition the greater the … Continue reading

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Preemie stats

As prematurity awareness month is right around the corner, I wanted to put up some preemie stats so anyone blogging about prematurity in November will have some hard data to use (appreciate a link back). So here goes… In the … Continue reading

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Reflections on coming home from the NICU

I never used to like fall. Coming¬†from Winnipeg, Manitoba autumn meant one thing: 2 weeks of brown leaves. A dull, wet, and brief interlude before winter. As winter in Winnipeg is -40 degrees for 3-4 months the announcement that it … Continue reading

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Preemies, hiccups, and Mary Poppins

Victor is plagued with hiccups. I get them a lot, but his are so violent it looks as though his chest is collapsing (like CPR!). It looks so uncomfortable. They are always triggered by eating, and I have long suspected … Continue reading

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