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Developmental Considerations for the Neonate: In the Hospital and Preparing for Home

Background The term ‘developmental disability’ is a term that is often one of the first questions a parent asks once they are beyond the critical survival period in the Neonatal ICU (NICU).  It is also often a question that we cannot answer absolutely.  We do know that numerous preterm and full-term survivors of the NICU […]

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Supportive Interventions to Initiate Breastfeeding for Pre-Eclamptic Parents.

Initiating breastfeeding is one of the biggest challenges in caring for a new mother and baby. Many factors affect success in the inpatient setting during a normal post partum course. Introducing magnesium therapy into this mix, adds a unique element that needs to be considered carefully when caring for the mother/baby couplet. With the support

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Cultural Considerations for African American Mothers in the Maternal Setting

The birth of a child is one of the happiest moments in a mother’s life. The joy of parenting your little one when you leave the hospital with unknown expectations. However, for African American mothers are facing proportionately higher risks for maternal post-natal maternal deaths. Black women are three to four times more likely to

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Change Management Strategies in the Healthcare Environment

“Change is the only constant in life.” -Heraclitus Humans crave consistency in a world where change is constant. This is no different within the walls of healthcare. Consistency comes with predictability and safety – the desire for consistency stems from our innate need for stability and serves as a foundation that allows us to navigate

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Embracing Diversity: Exploring Parenthood Options for Transgender Individuals

One of the most common misconceptions about transgender people is that they cannot or do not want to have children. Contrary to this rather misleading popular belief, many transgender people desire to have children, with rates comparable to the cisgender population (Auer et al., 2018). Transgender individuals have multiple options for parenthood just like cisgender

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Increasing Breastfeeding Rates in the NICU via Utilization of the Neonatal Transport Team

The benefits of human milk and colostrum are well recognized, specifically for an infant requiring admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Human milk offers an optimized defense against such co-morbidities as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sepsis, respiratory infections, chronic lung disease and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Enteral feedings are better tolerated, feeding progression enhanced

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LGBTQ+ Parents of Hospitalized Children: Three Tips for an Inclusive Experience

The world as we know it is becoming more diverse and so are families. Working as a pediatric healthcare provider allows us the opportunity to experience family structures beyond the traditional Mom-Dad unit. This may be challenging for some of us who are new to this dynamic. We, as humans, have surely evolved into better

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The End Of An Error

A three-part series that looks at how understanding the root causes of mistakes involving infant feeding management can help prevent them in the NICU. Originally published in Neonatal Intensive Care, The Journal of Perinatology-Neonatology: Part 1 (page 38), Part 2 (46), and Part 3 (40). Part 1: Introduction We all know that the NICU is

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Human Milk Analyzers Are Having A Moment: Part 1

Devices and kits are becoming more prevalent among hospitals, donor banks and consumers as the trend continues to expand. Human milk analyzers are having a moment. This category includes devices that use light to analyze milk for macronutrient composition, as well as kits with test strips. But why is the moment now?  Lactating parents, donor

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Keriton is committed to supporting clinicians to advance practice through safety, collaboration, and innovation. Did you know that breast milk management can affect at least three scoring metrics (six points total)? You are doing good work. Get the credit. Outcomes and Experience Infant discharge on breastmilk Points for percentage of patients discharged on breastmilk. Points

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