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Amniotic Fluid Embolism: Harmony’s Story

Harmony and Ian VanGundy were anxiously awaiting the birth of their third child in September 2017. Like their other two children, Allistair, age 3, and Gannon, 15, they were going to deliver at WakeMed, but this time they were going closer to home to the new WakeMed North Hospital in North Raleigh. Harmony was nine […]

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Our NICU Story: The Harringtons

No matter the differences in medical complications or care between NICU babies, parents feel the same emotions: trauma, sadness, fear, guilt, happiness and most importantly love. An Unexpected Father’s Day Surprise My water broke unexpectedly on June 14th (my husband’s birthday), and I was rushed to WakeMed where they hoped I would stay for the next 7 […]

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NIDCAP: Specialized Care for Babies & Families in NICUs

*This blog post was written in collaboration with Jim Helm, with contributions from Dr. James Perciaccante. Parents and caregivers recognize the importance and the positive impact that developmental care can have on the health and development of premature babies. The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) is an approach to providing developmentally supportive […]

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RSV Who?

Every year during the fall, winter and early spring, we restrict visitation to our Children’s Hospital and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The reason: to protect our patients from viruses like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).  You may have never heard of RSV, but there is a very good chance that you HAVE had it.  For […]

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