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How to survive the Christmas season

How to survive the Christmas season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year... right? You may not feel it if you have a wee babe or two in the NICU. So how can you get through, or help someone else through the Christmas period? Here are our top 5 tips: Plan Christmas day - if it’s unlikely you’ll be out of the NICU for Christmas day, plan a special day for you and your family/closest friends. A small Christmas hat for your babe or something Christmassy for the isolette will help create a special day for you all. The nurses will be more than happy...

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What can premmie babies see?

What can premmie babies see?

With all things premmie we always wonder how this affects their development. We are directed to use the corrected age to understand their development and their milestones to understand what stage they should be at approximately.  So how does prematurity it affect babies eyesight? What can premmie babies see? To answer these questions, it's useful to know that an unborn baby’s eyelids remain closed until about 28 weeks gestation, whilst they're in the womb. In this time, their retinas are fully developing. After this stage of development they open their eyes and start blinking. By week 33 your baby can...

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Do premmies catch up?

Do premmies catch up?

Premature babies are assessed for developmental and physical growth markers based on their adjusted age, to ensure that they are being measured equally alongside their counterparts. This way we are able to find out whether they have caught up. As a parent of premature babies I was thankful that they were born in these times and recovered well from being so keen to make an entrance into this world. It wasn't not until I got over the initial shock of it all that the idea of them 'catching up' was thrust into my mind at the first Maternal Child Health...

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What does premmie mean?

What does premmie mean?

Until I was told I'd have a premature baby I had not considered the possibility of my baby being premmie. I was a bit naive and accepted it without really knowing what it meant or what to ask. I should've been asking, 'What is a premmie baby? What does premmie mean? What is considered premmie?' The current World Health Organization definition of prematurity is a baby born before 37 weeks of gestation, counting from the first day of the Last Menstrual Period. All my babies were born premature based on this definition - 35 weeks gestation for my eldest and...

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10 thoughtful premmie baby gift ideas

10 thoughtful premmie baby gift ideas

1 in 10 babies in Australia are born prematurely. 64% of them are multiple babies.  (Source: Miracle Babies Foundation.) Many of us are stunned when we find out a teeny tiny premmie has been born to a friend or relative and instantly want to help out with this potentially challenging time.  Being a mum of 3 premmies, these are the few items that I found the most useful for me and my premmies and would make great newborn baby gift ideas: 1. A keep cup  NICU has a kitchenette for parents to take a break so a keep cup was...

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