Did you know that over 450,000 babies are born premature in the United States every year? And 15,000,000 worldwide. Because of their early arrivals preemies are more susceptible to a myriad health issues including apnea, PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosis ) and RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome ). But technology and science continue to evolve. In fact, a preemie born today has a much greater chance at survival compared to only 10 years ago.  Keep checking back for more factoids.


The Heart of a Mother


11 years.

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Drowning in the NICU


Years removed from our NICU experience, I heard about people having these “mentors” after they had their preemie.

When we were in the NICU with our son, the ONLY preemies we knew were the babies that were in the NICU with him. I had never known anyone to have had a premature baby, never spoke to another parent of a preemie before that day, never stepped foot or even imagined to step foot into a NICU.  This was, in part, what we wanted to change when we developed The Little Bear Foundation.

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Sweet Birth-Day Memories


My children’s birthdays are always a little bitter sweet for me.  I always relive the days/hours before their birth. I know what I was wearing (although, ask me what I was wearing yesterday and I certainly won’t be able to recall), I know what the weather was like.  It’s funny how things are engrained in our brains.

My second child turns EIGHT tomorrow.  My cathartic birth.  My rebirth. 

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I find it interesting that the last blog post was about Scars and Triggers.  This one is about rebirth.

This has been an insightful, retrospective summer for us., but mostly for me.

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Scars and Triggers


A conversation came up the other day with some friends about things that trigger us not only as parents, but as parents of premature babies.  There are some things that we will never be able to watch again or look at without thinking of our own path down this road of parenting a premature baby.

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Love Your Self(ie)


I have been quite retrospective lately.  Perhaps it’s watching my children grow and develop into these amazing people.  Perhaps it’s the rare moments I get to sit in the quiet while the buzz and chaos of life happens around me (I also started trying to go to a yoga class on a regular basis, so I have been looking inward a lot lately), or perhaps because I will be turning 40 in a few short weeks!  No matter what it is, I am learning to love where I am RIGHT NOW – trying not to look too far ahead or behind.

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Sara's Journey with Preeclampsia and HELLP


I would say my pregnancy was about as normal as they come.  I was nauseous and throwing up a lot.  My husband, Christopher, got really good at rushing to the side of the road so I could throw up!  I was hungry and not hungry.  I was tired and moody.  It was pretty typical pregnancy to start.  We had found out we were pregnant the first week of October 2006.  I had regular appointments and all was good.  At my December appointment my blood pressure was a bit high.  My OB sent me for some testing just to check and everything came back ok

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Tish's Journey with Twins


Mya and Nia were born at 27 weeks and 4 days.  We had some difficulties conceiving and when we were finally able to conceive we had a very difficult pregnancy.  They are my only biological children.  During my 22nd week of pregnancy and while at work conducting a meeting I began experiencing sharp back pains.  My wonderful friend and colleague insisted that I phone my OB/GYN.  I anxiously phoned my doctor who requested that I go to Labor and Delivery at Mercy hospital.  Mercy is where I was scheduled to deliver.

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Christine's Story - IUGR and HELLP Syndrome


 I found out I was pregnant on a sunny August morning. It was thrilling! My husband, Kevin, and I were walking on air. We went happily along my pregnancy waiting for May first! I daydreamed of hours of drug-free labor, with my husband by my side, finally pushing out a pink 7 lb crying baby and then naturally breastfeeding in the moments after birth. I simply could not imagine how it would really unfold.

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You have a friend who just had a preemie...Now What!?


What do you say?

When we had our preemie, we were lost and looked to our family and friends to support us.  Some didn’t know what to say, but called anyway.  Some came to see us and none of them gasped at the tiny baby who was born too soon (or if they did, they waited until they left).

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