The NICU/PICU is your introduction to the world of prematurity. It is a stressful and uncertain time and having resources and a community in place to help you through the experience can be your greatest comfort.


Lack of Bonding Possible?

  • By Rigs-MeeMee · New reply March 16, 2014
  • 19 replies
  • I'm the grandmother to Keranee born in January at 26 weeks. She is now 7 weeks actual (33 wks gestation) I live in Oregon and my daughter is in South Dakota. It seems that lately she doesn't go to see ...

Problems producing milk

  • By Mom2Hendrix · New reply March 11, 2014
  • 14 replies
  • My son was born at 26w3d and he is almost 6 weeks old. I was producing almost 2oz from each breast every time I pumped but now it has dwindled to barely an ounce from both breasts. I have tried increasing ...

Feeling very discouraged about Zoé's lungs

  • By lisep · New reply March 11, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • Hi everyone - I'm feeling so discouraged at the moment. You may remember that Zoé was born at 590 grams / 26 weeks Nov 7th, and that she was so sick in December that we were hours away from taking her ...

Celebrate the small victories!

  • By Mom2Hendrix · New reply March 11, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • I just want to share this because hopefully it will inspire some of you! Last week I was so discouraged. Hendrix had been on the ventilator for almost 4 weeks with two failed attempts at high flow and ...

How long does it take to see the effects of the Steroids?

  • By scastro12 · New reply March 7, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • How many days does it take to see some progress after the doctor give the steroids to the baby? My baby girl started yesterday a 9 day course ...

So discouraged

  • By Mom2Hendrix · New reply March 7, 2014
  • 14 replies
  • My son was born at 26 weeks, 3 days. He weighed 1lb 13oz. Hendrix will be 5 weeks old tomorrow....He is still on a ventilator and I haven't been able to hold him in 4 days. He has been taken off the vent ...

Breast Feeding VS Bottle Feeding

  • By hkim310 · New reply March 5, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • We have a 24 weeker that is currently in the IMC at the hospital. He is currently 38 weeks. The nurses bottle feed him every 3 hours. They allow us to breast feed him 2 times a day for 10 minutes. We ...


  • By hkim310 · New reply March 4, 2014
  • 15 replies
  • What immunization/vaccination did you have done for your preemie while at the hospital? Did you follow the immunization schedule from the CDC? Did you push off having immunization? There is a great debate ...

24 weeker with CLD, vented for 25 days, now on SiPAP

  • By Laurensmum · New reply March 4, 2014
  • 6 replies
  • Hi Everyone, Yea! Lauren was on the vent (conventional and HFO) for 25 days. She was extubated and has been on SiPAP for over 2 weeks now. She is very seal dependent meaning she is requiring the pressures ...

Update on IUGR type 3 and Pumping/Milk Production-27 weekers

  • By Jezzy1125 · New reply March 2, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • I had previously posted about being pregnant with mono/di twins with the little one being diagnosed with selective IUGR type 3. CHOP had given us a horrific outcome of death or neurological damage to ...

Jaundice due to direct billirubin (liver biopsy)

  • By taruns · New reply March 1, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Hello Folks, My son is born prematurely at 29W3D. He has been a typical preemie going through pretty much everything a preemie goes through in a NICU. Things started to improve and he got rid of TPN to ...

In need of support

  • By Tatianagon2 · New reply February 26, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • Hi everyone, I decided to join this group in hopes of calming my nerves... I gave birth to a beautiful 4lbs 11oz and 18 inches long baby boy. My water broke Sunday night at 31.3 weeks- I rushed to the ...

how soon can I try again after 27 weeks preterm labor ?

  • By khwezi · New reply February 26, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • Im a 25 year's old woman. I went in to preterm labor at 27 weeks and I had a normal delivery ( virginal ). My baby Boy was born weighing 610...... on the 10 February 2014 & he was put on nicu but he only ...

Question About Preemie Weight Fluctuation...

  • By thatantsguy · New reply February 25, 2014
  • 3 replies
  • Hello, I am the proud father of a baby girl born at 25 weeks gestation and weighing 570 grams. She was a twin but unfortunately he didn't make it past 36 hours. She is 8 weeks old yesterday. My question ...

Inguinal Hernia

  • By hkim310 · New reply February 25, 2014
  • 5 replies
  • Our baby boy has graduated from the NICU to the IMC (intermediate care unit). We are so happy that he is progressing towards the end of this stay at the hospital. The other day the nurse told us that ...

Can IUGR babies get Steroids to get off the Vent?'

  • By scastro12 · New reply February 25, 2014
  • 4 replies
  • My baby is an IUGR 27w and having 6 weeks and still on The vent. Can they give her steroids although she is a IUGR baby? Thanks in advance for your support! Maria ...

askind for advice

  • By ahkim83 · New reply February 23, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • hi, my boy was born 26 weeker on 02/12/2013. Still in the NICU with ventilator. Was tried to change to cpap a few times but was unsuccessful due to unknown reason as all the readings are very well and ...

baby Cam

  • By grandmacam2014 · New reply February 20, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Hi this is new for me. My grandson Cameron was born @25 weeks 1/20/2014. He's my 1st grand babie and just at a lost of what to do. Mom and dad are young but trying to keep up. He has a brain bleed 2/3 ...

Lost Faith

  • By Rigs-MeeMee · New reply February 19, 2014
  • 30 replies
  • Keranee (my grand daughter) was born Jan 17 at 26 weeks. She's now almost 4 weeks in the NICU and today they took out her vent. She's done good for two hours and blood gasses are where they should be ...

Please Help.! Doctors wants to give steroids but my baby is only 2pounds

  • By scastro12 · New reply February 17, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • My baby girl is a 27w, 520gr. Has PDA ligation 2 weeks after birth and have been for 3 weeks on the oscillator on moderate settings. They are telling us that they need to give her steroids, Isn't she ...

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