Expecting parents are constantly preparing for their baby's arrival, but they are rarely ready for a preemie...
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Expecting parents are constantly preparing for their baby's arrival, but they are rarely ready for a preemie -- getting thrust into a high-stress situation in an unfamiliar environment that is quite different from the traditional Labor & Delivery Unit.
BabyFirst.com has just announced its online portal is now available on mobile devices and tablets, offering parents and families of preemies a trusted resource to gain a better understanding of what they can expect in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Despite having little to no preparation for the pace and intensity of the NICU, Babyfirst.com allows quick and easy access on a mobile phone or tablet to critical information at the most critical time of their baby's life without having to leave their side. Parents can watch videos, look up medical terms, read and share experiences, and see inspirational profiles of "miracle babies" since they left the NICU — with content shared by fellow parents as well as neonatal doctors and nurses.View Thread
Is it true that once you have a preemature birth all pregnancies after that will end in preemature delivery? How many of you out there still had a full term baby after your experience? Was your preemie your 1st or second pregnancy? Does that play a role? My 1st son was full term, my second born at 30wks. I was told that any pregnancy after that will most likely be preemature and that I shouldn't take any chances. What are your experiences with that ladies?View Thread
With all of the fun holidays coming up from Halloween and Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Years, there will be a multitude of precious photos for the community to share! But, how do we post a photo?!?
Here is the New WebMD Photo Upload Guide to teach everyone how to share their perfect pics this season! Please feel free to test-post any of your fun photos to this thread! Cheese!! View Thread
It has been a little while since I stopped pumping, and it has been much much longer since DS has been in the NICU, but I thought I would share some of my pumping tips with everyone before I completely forget them...
It is CRUCIAL to use a double electric pump while your baby is in the NICU. It is much more difficult to increase and maintain your supply without having a newborn who is actively breastfeeding, so trust me, you'll need all the help you can get!
Try to relax as much as possilbe when you pump. This is obviously hard to do, since having a baby in the NICU is inherently stressful, but just remind yourself that this is one of the best things you can do to benefit your baby while they are growing strong in the hospital. Some people like to think of their baby while they pump, but I found that it is sometimes just as good to take your mind off the stress of the entire situation by listening to music or watching a favorite tv show.
The NICU's Lactation Consultant worked with me to help increase my milk supply, and she explained to me a helpful method of doing so called "Power Pumping." Basically you pick one 1 hour block of time during the day, and during that time, you would pump for ten minutes, and then rest for ten minutes. I always chose to do this after I got home at night before I started getting ready for bed. The short bursts of pumping will help to stimulate your supply... I found it to be very helpful!
That is all I can remember right now, but I know my LC gave me a list of pumping tips that I may still have lying around here somewhere. Everyone else should contribute their tips as well!View Thread
It is easy to make the font bigger press and hold your control key and click on the + key until it's as big as you like, To make the font size smaller press and hold the control key and click on the - keyView Thread
Well that's easy too, on the left hand side you see many links one of them is "discussions", click on it and you'll only see the discussions. It's almost like the way you use to look at posts at WebMD.View Thread
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