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WakeMed NICU Participates in 2018 Kangaroo Challenge

Download a printable version of this blog post. For the past five years, WakeMed’s NICU has participated in the Kangaroo Challenge from Sunnybrook Hospital in Canada. This is an international challenge to see which hospital can log the most hours participating in kangaroo care. Each year for 15 days, we ‘challenge’ our parents with a […]

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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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