The day your child is born should be the happiest day of your life. But for some new parents, it quickly becomes a nightmare when they find themselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With its tight security, beeping monitors and lines of incubators, the NICU can be an intimidating place, and it’s one … Continue reading For a baby in the NICU, parent’s voice is the best medicine
Preterm birth — defined as a child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the leading cause of neurological disorders and death among infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On top of that, preterm births cost society more than $26 billion a year, according to the National Academy of Medicine. … Continue reading Could bacteria be the cause of some premature births?
On any given Wednesday, you can find Lou Ann Curry in one of her favorite places. But it’s not what you think. The 59-year-old Richardson mother spends hours every week in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. She volunteers to cuddle sick and premature infants, who’s own families … Continue reading Cuddling babies: The power of human touch
Today is World Prematurity Day, a day in which groups around the world work to raise awareness about premature birth and ways to prevent it. We recognize this important day with a photo gallery from a very special annual event held here in Dallas a few weeks ago. Shelley Wood, BS, RNC-NIC, explains: Every two years, the … Continue reading On World Prematurity Day, a photo gallery of former Baylor Dallas neonatal patients
According to the March of Dimes, there are more than half a million babies are born prematurely annually in United States. In up to 40 percent of cases, the cause of premature birth is unknown. Erin Hamilton-Spence, M.D., a neonatologist on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, gives some … Continue reading What a Premature Birth Might Indicate
The smile on Maya Donaldson’s face doesn’t speak of the struggles she faced when she was born prematurely. Instead, it reflects the enduring love of her parents, the dedication of her Scott & White surgeons, the lasting friendships and the special gifts of blood she received from her Hometown Heroes. Maya was due to be … Continue reading Meet Maya, Hometown Hero