Patient Care

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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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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Posters By Our Hospital Partners: March 2023 Update

1. Presented by Baystate Children’s Hospital at the Academic Pediatric Association Region 1 (Spring) Meeting 2023. CONCLUSIONS based on 2 years of data. 2. Presented by Connecticut Children’s at NEANN 2021, the annual meeting of the New England Association of Neonatal Nurses. RESULTS based on 12 months of data: March 1, 2020 to March 1,

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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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Do You Want To Build A Milk Lab?

The goal of this blog is to provide my own “hindsight,” when building the NICU milk/formula lab; and things that helped me with its successful construction and implementation.  Throughout my career in neonatal and pediatric nursing, I’ve been fortunate to experience moving into new clinical units. My first was as a charge nurse, where our team

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Design In Health Care Software

I have worked for over 25 years creating and building IT applications for large and small companies. Designing with purpose feels more critical in Health Care than any other industry I’ve worked in. Keriton started as a pair of mobile applications focused specifically on Breast Milk Management.  We managed inventory and ensured feeds were validated for

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