A NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit, which is a hospital unit for sick newborns. Babies who are admitted to NICUs include those who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks’ gestation), have surgical conditions, birth defects, genetic syndromes, metabolic problems, and/or any other unexpected complications that arise during the newborn period, such as sepsis (infection), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or severe hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice). Learn about the different levels of the NICU, the professionals who take care of the patients and their families, and how the babies are cared for in this helpful guide for parents.
With an overwhelming amount of information and assumptions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines circulating, it may be difficult to decipher facts from opinions during the pandemic. Understandably, many new and expectant moms have questions. We’ve worked with leading medical experts to gather answers from sources you can trust.
The majority of breastfeeding moms take at least one medication while nursing. If you are breastfeeding and/or pumping, it’s really important to check that all medications and supplements you take are safe and compatible with breastfeeding.
Sex is a significant part of our intimate relationships, and you might be wondering how all of this works after having a baby. Will it hurt? Will I even want to? Will it feel different for my partner? What will happen to our relationship? Here's what you can expect, as well as some expert advice on intimacy and sex after birth.
Being aware of all types of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) along with their risk factors is essential to new and expecting mothers. Expecting women should discuss these risk factors with their OB/GYN and formulate a tentative plan prior to childbirth.
Cleaning your breast pump parts has always been a very important process and is a hot topic of conversation among moms. What’s the best way to clean pump parts? Should you clean right after using your pump? Though many moms go about cleaning their breast pump parts differently, there is actually a specific process that works best.
Stress can affect your life- physically and emotionally. This is a common fact that most have experience first-hand. Stress can also affect your baby and family, whether it is through your behaviors, or even stress hormones released into your breast milk.
Does your diet affect breastfeeding? Lately we have seen an increase in ad campaigns that market the message “your child is what you eat”. How true is this statement? Are there going to be negative repercussions to your baby if you eat that cheeseburger or splurge on dessert?