Unsung Healthcare Heroes: Inspired Comfort Winners Announced

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Co-workers describe Laurie Ketterl, a nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as someone who continually challenges her peers to think outside of the box in order to provide excellent patient care. Ketterl jumped into action earlier this year when a premature baby, born at just 29 weeks, and his critically ill mother were in separate Intensive Care Units. Since the mother had never seen her son and would soon undergo a life-saving surgery, Ketterl arranged for the mother and baby to see each other for the very first time via a video call using two iPads. When the mother kissed her child on the forehead using the screen, surrounding staff watched in amazement as the baby responded with a kick. Thanks to Ketterl’s innovation and exceptional care, the hospital’s foundation has since funded iPads for the NICU.

New Dads: Here’s How Not To Screw Up

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1. It takes women a full month to recover after birth.

Sometimes called the “tenth month of pregnancy,” the first month after birth is often both painful and exhausting for the new mother. Her organs are slowly shifting back into place as her body works overtime to produce milk.

Many other cultures provide support for new mothers during this key time — the French, for example, send at-home nurses to help new mothers care for babies, while Indian, Chinese, and Mexican customs all require mothers to rest for the first month after birth while others take care of basic home care.

Even Babies Like to Tweet When They Pee

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At any rate, Huggies Brazil is revolutionizing social media for babies by having a device that clips on to the front of an infants diaper and sends a tweet when they pee. Now the whole world can know how often your little one goes to the potty, and since you’re too busy on social media to actually check and see if your child is wet, you can get a notification on your phone. Oh, and any of your followers… or maybe your babies followers…. will get a notification as well.

How to Prevent Birth Injuries

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According to recent reports, more than two million birth injuries are known to have taken place in the last few years alone. This figure is definitely appalling knowing that medical science continues to grow and has is now better than ever. In such a scenario, it’s not surprising to have so many parents and parents-to-be confused about the the type of preventive measures that they should be taking to avoid birth injuries. The following article outlines a few effective tips to ensure a safe birth, minus any injuries.

Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units

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I had never really questioned this method of caring for mothers and newborns until the I learned about units where all the care was combined. However, there is an increasing trend in changing this model to a mother-baby setting, in which the baby stays with the mother. The only time the baby would leave the bedside is during the assessment, procedure, or if they were sick and required special medical and nursing attention. This would increase the amount of time the infant spent with the mother while she was still in the hospital.

Indian Surrogacy: Is it OK to Outsource Pregnancy?

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There has been a recent rise in Indian surrogacy. Many celebrity parents decide to use surrogates for various fertility and personal reasons. For example Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have children born of a surrogate along with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

Some argue that there are many benefits to surrogacy. For many the cost is comparable to that of an adoption. But there is also the added benefit of having a biological child and sharing a deeper genetic bond. However, there are many that would argue that there are many children in need of good parents and adoption is a better choice.

Moving Day Tomorrow: Last Night in Our First Home

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With new opportunities for professional growth, often comes a need to relocate and readjust. I’m incredibly blessed with a great new job. Working as a Clinical Informatics Nurse has been a wonderful experience and I am blessed to now be a part of a fantastic healthcare organization who cares deeply about the community they service. I want to be a part of that community and I want to spend more time with my family and less on the road.

iCan ABC Educational Toddler iPad App Review & Giveaway

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Need to Learn the Alphabet? There’s an App for that!
Developed by MonkeyBin, iCan ABC is a fantastic example of the iPad’s charm and benefits to a learning child.

Wam, Bam, Thank you MAM : A New Baby, A New Joy

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Mam makes an assortment of products that pretty much cover most of your infants oral needs. Other than an actual boob, they create products that in my humble opinion, are the best things to put in your baby’s mouth! From pacifiers (their associated clips/tethers), bottles, sippy cups, oral care, and teethers, they have your kids gums and teeth in mind.

Need a Pet? There’s an App for That! Cube Dog iPhone App Review

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Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes. Cube Dog is an incredibly cute pet App for your iPhone. You can customize man’s best friend to create a quirky, fun-loving boxy little pal that will entertain and adore […]