Posted by: Vanessa Shanks, MD, FAAP on Aug 11, 2023


Some new mothers experience their birth plan exactly as expected and nursing comes naturally. Everything is perfect. But, then she goes home and things change.

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700 Children’s® features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Advice from Former NICU Parents

Nov 16, 2017

I still remember the first time I walked into the NICU. It was hours after the birth of my twin girls – 15 weeks too soon. The NICU was loud and unfamiliar. Read More

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The Story Behind the Ranking: What It Means to Be Named One of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals by US News and World Report

Jun 27, 2017

We work every day to provide the best possible care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and our most important seal of approval is the trust of the families we serve. Read More

Post-Surgical Kangaroo Care for Babies in the NICU

Mar 10, 2017

One of the most profound moments of my life was the moment I held my son after he was first born. I smelled his skin, felt his hair and saw his eyes open to the world. In that moment I became a mother. Read More

The Purple Butterfly Project

Feb 03, 2017

Butterflies have a very special meaning here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While in flight, they represent optimism; a perfect symbol for a healing environment. Now a purple butterfly with a very special meaning can be found on the doors of some of our tiniest patients. Read More

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD): When Helping Preemies Breathe Leads to Complications

Aug 29, 2016

Sometimes, when a baby is born too early and their lungs aren’t developed enough, they need to be given oxygen through a machine in order to breathe. Unfortunately, over time, this can damage the lung’s fragile airways and air sacks, ultimately leading to a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Read More

Addiction, Motherhood and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Jun 30, 2016

When a woman is addicted or dependent on drugs and medications during pregnancy, her baby is at risk for being born dependent on those medications. As a result of the current opioid epidemic, an increasing number of babies are being born dependent on opiates. Read More

Kangaroo Care: What Every NICU Parent Should Know

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NICU babies, like all babies and all humans for that matter, are very complex; but that’s what makes them so phenomenal. There’s more to them than just their physical being. Read More

Music Therapy: Sounds of Love in Early Childhood

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Believe it or not, your baby thinks your voice sounds better than Beyoncé, Whitney, Elton or Elvis. And, singing to your baby can actually help development. Read More