Premature Birth

I Was Born Prematurely At 2 Pounds. Today, I'm Doing Great.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

At the birth of their child, most parents would be elated. My mom and dad were terrified. I weighed two pounds and two ounces. My parents were shocked and confused. They didn't know babies could survive and develop well having been so small at birth. As it turns out, I was full of surprises.

Advice From A Nurse: How To Cope When Your Baby's In The NICU

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Your pregnancy is ticking along, but all of a sudden you find yourself delivering your baby (or babies) early. Having a premature or sick baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, makes for an uncertain time as you and your family face a range of emotions. As an NICU nurse, my role is both holistic and family-centred, ensuring best outcomes for your baby while establishing a trusting partnership with parents and families.

Caring For Cambodia's Youngest Citizens

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal.

Skin-To-Skin Contact Can Save A Newborn's Life

Rachel Schrader | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schrader

For me and Ellie, who was born at term, kangaroo mother care worked to calm us both down and kick-start our breastfeeding journey. But for moms who don't have access to a hospital, it can take the place of a life-saving incubator. Kangaroo mother care can literally be the difference between life and death for a baby.

10 Things Every Parent Of A Preemie Knows

Tiffany Grisdale | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Tiffany Grisdale

Preemie babies make feisty kids! They come into this world fighting for every breath. They struggle to survive each day and they work hard at simply growing one gram at a time. By the time my preemie twins could walk and talk they were ready to take on the world and tell everyone who's boss. They're strong willed and have proven that nothing and no one will stop them.

Big Data Helps Us Understand Preterm Birth And Miscarriage

Will Sacks | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Will Sacks

The digital health industry is collecting data on a scale of which we have never before seen. Let's use this data to uncover and understand reproductive health challenges, so couples that want to start families are more likely to be able to do so.

Preemies Make Drastic Survival Gains In Past 20 Years, Study

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

Among preemies born at 27 weeks, survival without major problems climbed from 29 per cent in 1993 to 47 per cent in 2012.

Ontario And Alberta Split Tab For Woman Who Went Into Early Labour

CP | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Alberta

Alberta's Ministry of Health confirmed the two provinces had come to an agreement so Amy Savill would not have to pay thousands of dollars.

Funds Raised For Alberta Single Mom Stuck With Huge Air Ambulance Costs

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 08.08.2015 | Canada Alberta

Amy Savill went into labour two months early while vacationing with her family in northern Ontario.

Babies In Hospital Benefit From Volunteer Cuddlers

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Impact

CHICAGO - A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machine...

Creative Ideas Need to Be Nurtured

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

New ideas need to be held in sacred hands. They need incubation. They need good wishes and time to be able to learn to breathe on their own. New ideas are about gut feelings, intuitive and mysterious processes. So don't rush the process, let your ideas grow and take your time.

How Long Should You Wait Before Having Another Baby?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Living

The process of pregnancy can be exhausting — you carry a baby for up to ten months, go through labour and adjust to life with a newborn. But that do...

Pregnancy Risks Higher For Women Who Were Preemies

CBC | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living

Women who were born prematurely may face a higher risk of complications in pregnancy, a new Quebec study suggests. "Our population-based ...

Is More Time In The Womb Better For Your Baby?

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 08.31.2012 | Canada Style

CHICAGO - Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter.The extra time results in more brain development, and a study sug...

Born Smaller Than Soda Cans, Tiniest Babies Grow Up Healthy

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2012 | Canada Living

CHICAGO - One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honours college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls ar...